As promised by the Louisiana Department of Education, the list of schools participating in the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program (SSEEP), or school voucher program, has been released to coincide with applications being accepted, which started today.
Here are the schools and available slots:
And here’s how it works:
To qualify, a student must attend a Louisiana public school with a grade of C, D and F as ranked by the state’s new assessment standard and must be in a family that meets income guidelines.
School rankings are found here.
Family income cannot exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty level:
A family of four in Louisiana, for instance, can make up to $57,625 a year and still be eligible for a school voucher. A single mother with one child can make up to $37,825. If she has two kids, she can earn as much as $47,725.
Vouchers will be given out in a lottery system, with kids in the worst schools given first priority. Applicants will be able to name participating schools in order of preference and slots will be awarded based on what’s available.
Schools have submitted to the state how many extra students they can accommodate and cannot refuse students with-in that number.
Applications are available online at www.louisianaschools.net and can be downloaded here as well as picked up any of the schools on the list.
The lottery will be held over the month of July and applicants will be notified of the results of the lottery no later than July 31.
Those who still have questions can call LDOE’s Help Center at 1-877-453-2721.