Survey results look at how parents feel about scholarship program

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Louisiana Federation for Children and the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options announced the results of a joint survey of parents who have students in the scholarship program Tuesday. The results of  the '2014 Parental Satisfaction Survey' were revealed at Good Shepard School in New Orleans. Scholarship program advocates said the survey was important to develop data to help show state lawmakers, how parents really feel about the program.

"The people in Baton Rouge who are making decisions on these babies lives," Ann Duplessis, President of the Louisiana Federation for Children, said. "They need to see this. They need to hear the information see these results."

Eunice Vaughns' great niece is a first grader at Good Shepard School in New Orleans.

Vaughns said, "I'm very satisfied with it, because Ny'Kerial has blossomed just blossomed. "

School leaders say all the students here except for one are part of the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

"So what this program (scholarship program) does is it allows them to come to one of those schools and not have to worry about anything else," Brother Lawrence Huck, with the Good Shepard School, said. "The scholarship the educational voucher covers that or provides them with that opportunity that they may never have. "

Some families of students at Good Shepard School said the scholarship program is a good thing.

"I just feel like it's one of the best things I could have did with her," Vaughns said.

"It means for him and for me a better education," Shemane Pepe, whose son is a fourth grader at Good Shepard School, said. "A better chance to get a good start in life."

Vaughns and Pepe aren't alone in their support of the state's scholarship program, according to the by the LFC and LaBAEO survey released today.

The survey was taken by parents across the state with students in the scholarship program. The survey looked at four main areas: school safety, academic performance, whether students were welcomed at their school, and if parents were satisfied with their kids school.

"In every catagory we were at least 90 percent or above," Eric Lewis, State Director LaBAEO, said.

Supporters of the scholarship program hope it will encourage lawmakers to keep the program going, so their kids can stay in the schools they want.

"I want them to know that this is a good program and to please keep it. Because, I can't afford. I wouldn't be able to afford to send her to a private school," Vaughns said.

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