Governor Bobby Jindal says school choice is creating generational changes across Louisiana
By Paul Dauphin
Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to New Orleans this week to visit St. Benedict the Moor School, a school that supports students enrolled in the statewide scholarship program. During his visit, Gov. Jindal took a tour of the school, visited classrooms, and met with children and their parents to hear about the progress of the scholarship program and school choice initiatives. Ann Duplessis, president of the Louisiana Federation for Children, also joined Gov. Jindal on his visit.
Gov. Jindal said, “It has been incredible to witness the effects of our statewide scholarship program. Over the years, we’ve met with parents who never thought their child would have an opportunity to truly thrive and meet their educational goals. That’s why we’ve worked very hard to empower families and ensure that every child has access to the education they deserve, regardless of their ZIP code. Thanks to these scholarships, children across Louisiana now have the opportunity to learn in classroom settings like St. Benedict the Moor. School choice is creating generational changes across Louisiana, and I’m extremely proud of the reforms we made to offer greater opportunities and educational options for our children.”
“I have witnessed firsthand how the Louisiana Scholarship Program has changed lives. Not being able to afford to send your child to a good school is a devastating blow to many parents and it often inhibits their own children from reaching their greatest potential. That’s why our parents are the ones who have seen the positive impacts of these scholarships,” added Duplessis.
St. Benedict the Moor is in its seventh year of involvement with the Louisiana Scholarship Program and has been one of the most successful schools involved in the program. In 2013-14, third graders at St. Benedict outperformed the state average on every iLEAP subject at both the basic and mastery level. The school currently enrolls 65 scholarship students which is an increase of 10 students over 2014-15 school year.