|Gov. Bobby Jindal prepares to sign House Bill 976 today in Baton Rouge.|
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House Bill 976 Provisions:
- Family incomes cannot exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($55,875 for a family of four in 2011)
- Entering Kindergarten or enrolled in a school which received a letter grade of “C,” “D,” or “F” in the most recent school year.
- Students attending “D” or “F” rated schools, siblings of participating students, students enrolled in the Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program receive preference
- Be approved by the state to participate
- Comply with state nondiscrimination and health and safety requirements
- Administer the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program and Integrated Education Assessment Program exams to scholarship recipients
- Submit independent financial audit to the state
- Report rate that scholarship recipients finish the highest grade level, retention rates, and parental satisfaction
- Schools in existence for less than two years must have less than 20 percent of student enrollment on scholarships
- Public schools must be rated “A” or “B”
- Whichever is less
- State and local per-pupil funding
- Tuition, fees, and costs associated with testing
- The state is tasked with developing additional criteria for participation in the program, including an accountability system.