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Ruling: Louisiana cannot use funds set aside for public education to pay private-school tuition for thousands of low- and middle-income children
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|On Friday, a state court in Louisiana declared Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R-LA) school voucher program unconstitutional, citing the fact that it takes away from public school students in order to pay for the vouchers:
A state judge on Friday shot down Louisiana's sweeping school voucher program, ruling that the state could not use funds set aside for public education to pay private-school tuition for thousands of low- and middle-income children. . . . The state had argued that as long as it was funding public schools adequately and equitably, it could give a portion of state education funds to private and parochial schools as well, in the interest of giving families more educational options.
But Judge Kelley ruled that Louisiana's annual education appropriation, calculated under a complex formula known as the Minimum Foundation Program, was intended exclusively for public schools. ..