Monday, May 20 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:35:15 GMT
It's not the scenario the Cameron Parish School Board thought they would be facing. "I would like to say that I'm ashamed of Cameron Parish. They voted to pass the road and bridge and the health unitMore >>
The Cameron Parish School Board is searching to offset nearly $4-million after voters decided not to renew to tax propositions earlier this month. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports while they're set to give it another try, they'll have to find a way to cut costs in the meantime.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:21:05 GMT
An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at last six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, Craft said. Accused in the case is 31-year-old JamesMore >>
An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, however.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:29:42 GMT
34-year-old Brice Joseph will be arraigned for the Intentional exposure of the AIDS virus after spitting on a police officer while being arrested. "In this case, in incident to an arrest, he was broughtMore >>
Brice Joseph will be arraigned for the Intentional exposure of the AIDS virus after spitting on a police officer while being arrested.
Monday, May 20 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:45:12 GMT
There has been a delay in a Lake Charles double murder trial. Mark Thibodeaux is accused in the deaths of Bridget Tillman Pryor and Carla Yvette LeDoux whose bodies were found on North Prater Street lastMore >>
There has been a delay in a Lake Charles double murder trial.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:14 GMT
A Eunice man has been killed in a deadly shooting that left two others injured. It happened in the community of Branch on Sunday evening, near Church Point. Acadia Parish Sheriff's authorities said threeMore >>
A Eunice man has been killed in a deadly shooting that left two others injured.More >>
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BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -
Less than 10 Calcasieu Parish students have enrolled in Our Lady School and 14 have enrolled in St. Theodore's Holy Family Catholic School under the state's newly expanded voucher program, according to numbers released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education.
According to the Associated Press, state education officials say more than 4,900 students from poorly performing public schools have taken advantage of the program, which uses government money to pay their tuition.
The wire service reports that the state said 14 percent of students using vouchers came from public schools that earned a C in the state's school accountability program; most – 69 percent -- were from schools that made a D; 17 percent were from schools considered failing.
State officials said the scholarship program includes 118 schools, including one traditional public school and 117 non-public schools. In addition to students in the scholarship program, non-public schools educate about 14 percent of the total students in Louisiana and about 28 percent of students in New Orleans.
All students who received a scholarship were in families with incomes below 250 percent of the Federal poverty guideline, which is about $57,000 for a family of four.
State officials have said that the program is cost-saving and benefits students.
"Parents deserve choices, especially parents in struggling schools who don't have the money to consider another option," said John White, State Superintendent of Education. "In what is arguably the most important decision in a child's life, more parents now have the ability to decide where their child goes to school."
Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.