Louisiana Launches Steve Carter Literacy Tutoring Program
The American Federation for Children Louisiana, the state’s voice for educational choice, is pleased to announce the opening of the Steve Carter Literacy Tutoring Program.
The Steve Carter Literacy Tutoring Program provides $1,000 tutoring vouchers to eligible students to be utilized for literacy tutoring provided by Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) approved tutoring vendors.
This literacy program was the final legislative initiative championed by the late Rep. Steve Carter before leaving the legislature in 2020. It was passed by the Louisiana legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Statement from Kaleb Moore, Louisiana Director of Government Affairs, American Federation for Children Louisiana:
“Rep. Carter worked tirelessly throughout his life to ensure Louisiana’s children, regardless of their ZIP code or income level, had access to a quality education through school choice. While no one could have foreseen the learning loss caused by the pandemic, this program will provide resources to the thousands of children who are not reading at grade level. We thank the bill authors, Reps. Scott McKnight and Jason Hughes for their commitment to Louisiana’s children and families.”
- This program is for eligible public school students in grades K-5. Students in grades K-3 are eligible if they scored below proficient on their beginning of year screener. Students in grades 4-5 are eligible if they scored below mastery in ELA on the spring 2022 LEAP assessment.
- Provides $1,000 tutoring vouchers to eligible students to be utilized for literacy tutoring provided by LDOE-approved tutoring vendors. Vouchers are for the 2022-23 school year.
- Tutors are certified teachers in elementary or reading or have a degree in education, English, or another subject indicative of expertise in reading and literacy; and have been approved by LDOE.
- Families will utilize LDOE’s online portal to choose from the approved list of tutoring providers.