Gives both parents and children educational freedom.


Baton Rouge, LA- Today, Senate Bill 313 which creates the Louisiana Giving All True Opportunity to Rise (LA GATOR) program passed the legislature and now heads to Governor Landry’s desk. It begins the phase-in of Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) for K-12 schools by the year 2025. ESAs empower parents and students across our state to choose a learning environment that best fits their family’s needs and aligns with their values.


“I made a pledge to enact bold change that improves our education system. Today, with the legislature’s help, we did just that. The LA Gator Program puts parents in the driver’s seat and gives every child the opportunity for a great education. When parents are committed to the value of their child’s education, government should never get in the way,” said Governor Jeff Landry. “Thank you to Senator Rick Edmonds and Representative Julie Emerson for your hard work and perseverance in passing this historic legislation. School choice is now a reality in the state of Louisiana!”


“Very few things equal the lightbulb coming on in the eyes of a child, or the smile of a parent over the success of their children. The Gator Scholarship Program checks both boxes,” said Senator Rick Edmonds.


“This bill will give parents even more freedom in how their children are educated. Each child is unique and learns differently, and our LA GATOR scholarship will allow the money to truly follow the students to the educational environments that best fit their needs. It’s a great day for parental rights and freedom in Louisiana,” said Representative Julie Emerson.