State Judge Rules Against Louisiana’s Voucher System for Students
Description: A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher system for school children. The program allows parents to receive vouchers or money from the state to pay for their children to go to private or parochial schools. Judge Tim Kelly, Baton Rouge, said the vouchers violate the Louisiana constitution by diverting state tax dollars to private schools. Louisiana teachers' unions and 43 districts filed lawsuits challenging the practice when it was approved at the beginning of this school year.
Gov. Bobby Jindal saud “Today’s ruling is wrong headed and a travesty for parents across Louisiana who want nothing more than for their children to have an equal opportunity at receiving a great education. That opportunity is a chance that every child deserves and we will continue the fight to give it to them. The opinion sadly ignores the rights of families who do not have the means necessary to escape failing schools. On behalf of the citizens that cast their votes for reform, the parents who want more choices, and the kids who deserve a chance, we will appeal today’s decision, and I’m confident we will prevail. This ruling changes nothing for the students currently in the program. All along, we expected this to be decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court.”
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