New Orleans Catholic schools offer free education
NEW ORLEANS, June 17, 2006 (www.upi.com) -- Catholic schools in New Orleans have started using a tuition-free pre-kindergarten program to lure displaced by Hurricane Katrina families back home.
The program uses state money to pay tuition for 4-year-olds whose parents meet certain income requirements. There are 1,500 slots at 11 Catholic schools in Jefferson, Orleans and St. John the Baptist parishes, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said.
To be eligible, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 30 and have received all age-appropriate immunizations. Participating families must have a household income that is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and live in the same parish as the program their child attends.