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Voucher Program Set to Grow Despite Court Battle

Feb 13, 2013

Applications for vouchers are available for the upcoming school year. The statewide program is continuing into its second year.

A district court judge ruled in November that the voucher program could not be funded with the same pool of money that supports public education in Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to appeal a court ruling against his school voucher program. Teachers unions and local school boards filed suit to stop them.

Voucher Ruling is In

Nov 30, 2012

State Judge Tim Kelley declared today that the way Louisiana lawmakers created the statewide private school voucher program was constitutional, but the way it was funded was not.

Kelley said the case had nothing to do with whether or not public funds can be used to support vouchers, but he said the state couldn’t do so through the public school funding formula known as the MFP.

The district court ruling is a victory for the teacher unions and school boards that want to stop the voucher program and others that would funnel money away from public schools.

Judge to Rule on Vouchers

Nov 30, 2012
19th District Court, Baton Rouge, La.
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Judge Tim Kelley will deliver a decision in 19th District Court Friday afternoon in the lawsuit challenging Louisiana's private school voucher program.

Both sides laid out closing arguments Friday morning.

Voucher Trial Heads to Closing Arguments

Nov 30, 2012

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Lawyers on both sides of the lawsuit challenging the state's private school voucher program are slated to deliver closing arguments today in 19th District Court.

It's unclear if Judge Tim Kelley will immediately issue a ruling.

The trial in the lawsuit from teacher unions and local school boards seeking to shutdown a statewide voucher program began Wednesday.

A state judge heard more than eight hours of complex testimony in 19th District Court.