La. Supreme Court rules that funding for voucher program is unconstitutional

La. Supreme Court rules that funding for voucher program is unconstitutional
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POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:50am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:52am

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled the way money is collected for Governor Jindal’s voucher program is unconstitutional.

In a 6-1 decision, the court upheld the state district court ruling that the program is unconstitutional. That decision was made by Judge Tim Kelley back in November 2012.

The voucher program was being funded by the Minimum Foundation Program, which utilized more than $3 billion of public school money to pay for the private education of students who were selected into the program.

Despite the initial court ruling, the Jindal administration has continued the voucher program. With this latest ruling, it is unclear how funding will be provided for the roughly 8,000 students who were accepted.

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