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Louisiana sets Feb. 27 application deadline for state voucher program

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The application period has opened for parents interested in sending their students to private school next year through Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program.

The state education department says applications for the 2015-16 school year are due Feb. 27. They're available at participating schools or online at http://www.louisianabelieves.com .

For next year, 129 schools are participating in the voucher program, though only 91 will accept new students.

The program allows students from low- to moderate-income families to apply for government-paid tuition if they would otherwise be assigned to a poorly performing public school — one earning a C, D or an F in state performance rankings.

Nearly 7,400 students are enrolled in the program this year.

Applicants will find out if they've gotten a voucher during the week of April 6.

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