Small overpayments found in La. voucher program

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Auditors looking at state payments to private schools through Louisiana’s $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year.

Education Superintendent John White said Friday the money has been recouped from the schools, by backing the dollars out of the last round of tuition payments.

White praised the audit findings as a sign the program is humming along with no significant problems.

He says of the 126 schools in the program, 24 schools – or 19 percent – had issues raised by auditors, like a child who isn’t eligible for the program. White says that rate of annual audit findings is lower than in public schools.

The statewide voucher program began in 2012. Nearly 6,800 students received taxpayer-financed private school tuition in the 2013-14 year.

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