Gov. Landry S⁠i⁠gns Landmark GATOR Scholarsh⁠i⁠p B⁠i⁠ll ⁠i⁠n⁠t⁠o Law 

July 3, 2024

July 3, 2024

In a historic move, Gov. Jeff Landry signed SB 313, also known as the Giving All True Opportunity to Rise (GATOR) Scholarship, into law. This legislation marks the beginning of a universal Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Louisiana, aimed at empowering every family with the freedom to choose the best educational path for their children. 

According to a June 2023 poll, two-thirds of Louisiana K-12 parents support educational freedom, with a staggering 88% expressing a desire to control the school their child attends. This sentiment is echoed nationwide, as a broad majority of Americans believe that educational freedom enhances the overall quality of education. 

Championing Educational Freedom 

“Gov. Landry is a champion for Louisiana families and students,” stated Lily Landry, senior policy analyst at yes. every kid. “Every family, regardless of ZIP code or income, will now be empowered to decide where and how their children are educated. The governor’s commitment to educational freedom will open doors of opportunity for thousands of families and kids. 

“Thanks to Sen. Rick Edmonds and Rep. Julie Emerson, and their unwavering support and dedication to educational freedom, Louisiana families will be empowered to choose the best educational path for their children. Together, we are building a brighter future for all our students.” 

Understanding SB 313 

The GATOR Scholarship, established by SB 313, introduces a phased-in universal education scholarship account program starting in 2025. Here are the key phases and details of the program: 

  • The legislation creates a phased-in universal education scholarship account program starting in 2025. 
  • In the first two phases of the program, low-income, special needs, prior public, and current voucher students will be eligible. In the third phase, all Louisiana students eligible for public school can participate. 
  • Qualified expenses include tuition and fees, curriculum, textbooks, instructional materials, testing fees, therapies, and any other expense approved by the state board. 
  • The state board of education will set how much each student can receive.