Some parents, students left behind after facing limited seats in the voucher program


POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:35pm

Several hundreds of students were left out of the voucher program this year because of limited seats in several voucher-eligible schools, and left in C, D and F rated schools.

"We have so many children that don't have an education, that are on the streets. I don't want that for her," Sarah Lee, a grandmother and legal guardian to a voucher-eligible student, said.

Lee said she only wants what's best for her 11 year-old granddaughter, Kymbra Lee, known as Kiki to all her family. Lee said her granddaughter dreams of being a doctor, but for the time being she’s stuck at a failing school.

"If the school is failing, how can the children pass? How can they overcome someone teaching them and the school is failing," Lee asked.

She tried to change all of that this summer, by applying for the state's new school of choice scholarship program. But due to limited space 'Kiki' wasn't able to attend a private school on the voucher program.

"I never did get a letter from them,” Lee added. “I am not giving up. My baby is getting in to one of those schools. "

Lee explained she’s all ready to reapply for the program again, in the hopes of getting Kiki in to a school where she knows she'll thrive.

"I am going to reapply, and keep re-applying until I can get her there. I am not going to give up. Because it's important that she has a better education than I had," Lee explained.

The Louisiana Department of Education announced Thursday that close to 5,000 students were taking part in the program, that’s out of more than 10,400 that applied.

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