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"Special Needs School Choice" Pilot Program to Take Off This Year


BATON ROUGE - This school year, more than 200 Louisiana students with special needs will have a new opportunity to attend schools with programs specific to their needs.

Since the state Legislature passed House Bill 216 by State Representative Franklin Foil during the 2010 session, the Louisiana Department of Education has received and evaluated applications from schools and students in four Louisiana parishes to participate in the two-year “school choice” pilot program created by the bill.

A total of 315 students in East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany parishes applied, and 218 of these students will receive an educational certificate from the department for the 2011-2012 school year to offset the cost of educational services by one of the eligible nonpublic schools approved by the department.

The following schools have been selected for the program’s first year:  Angles Academy, Gables Academy, Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy, Our Lady of the Lake School, Redemptorist Diocesan Regional Junior High School, Redemptorist Elementary School, St. Agnes School, St. Angela Merici School, St. Christopher School, St. George’s Episcopal School, St. Michael Special School, St. Peter School, and The Dunham School.

We will continue to update this Web site as we receive additional information on this program. 

Please contact this office at (225) 342 6777 if you have any questions.



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