BAEO Statement on Louisiana Dept. of Education's Plan to Allow Wait-listed Students for Scholarship Program to Enroll in the Upcoming School Year

Jacqueline Cooper, President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), issued the following statement on the Louisiana Department of Education's plan to allow more than 360 low-income students on the waiting list for the Louisiana Scholarship Program(LSP) to enroll in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Under the proposal schools will accept a nominal payment from the state per child in hopes the legislature will provide full funding in its next session.

"Every child deserves an opportunity to attend a great school. That's why we fully support State Superintendent John White and the Department of Education's plan to move 362 low-income students from the waiting list into high-quality schools for the 2016-2017 school year.

"Many of these children come from working-class Black families who want the same great educational opportunities afforded to more affluent families. Simply put: this is the right thing to do for our children.

"These families should not be penalized for exercising their right to a quality education. They made school selections long before the legislature stripped badly needed funding from the budget. The state budget deficit should not be balanced on the backs of our children.

"So we urge the legislature to fully fund these schools when their regular session resumes next spring."