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Representative Foil Expands School Choice Pilot Program for Children with Disabilities

06/20/2012

BATON ROUGE- State Rep. Foil is assisting children with diabilities as author of HB 911which enables state-wide student participation in the School Choice Pilot Program.

The program was established by Rep. Foil during the 2010 Regular Session to allow students with special needs to recieve tuition assistance to attend private schools that will enhance their education. School tuition and educational costs were no longer a barrier for students in select parishes.

Rep. Foil's recent initiative extends this opportunity to Louisiana students, regardless of grade or parish. HB 911 eliminates the age requirement that students be in kindergartern through eighth grade, and it removes the residency requirement that students must live in a parish with a population above 190,000. This bill also extends the program through the 2015 school year.

With specific educational instruction, a majority of disabled students are able to master educational barriers. "It is important that every student have the opportunity to achieve academic success," said Rep. Foil.

Expansion of the School Choice Pilot Program was signed into law by Governor Jindal after  passing the Legislature earlier this week.

HB 911 will go into effect August 1, 2012.

For more information, please contact Rep. Foil's District Office at (225) 342-6777.

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