Nearly 5,000 students are enrolled in Louisiana’s expanded voucher program, state Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday.
The aid stems from a law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and approved earlier this year by the Legislature.
Students attending public schools rated C, D or F and meet income rules can apply for state aid, which is supposed to pay for tuition and mandatory fees, primarily at private and parochial schools.
Jindal calls the aid an option for students trapped in failing public schools.
Opponents have challenged the law in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.
They say vouchers takes vital dollars away from financially strapped public schools.
In a prepared statement, the state Department of Education said that 14 percent of the 4,944 voucher students attended C schools, 69 percent in schools rated D and 17 percent in schools rated F.
A total of 118 schools are taking part, and all but one is a private or parochial school.