Second group of educators file lawsuit against education laws


POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:27pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 12:46pm

Another group of teachers is entering the legal fray over the latest education legislation.

With a song to rally them teachers from the Louisiana educators association affixed their organization's name to yet another suit challenging the validity of governor Jindal's education reform laws. The laws they're challenging? The minimum funding program and the voucher law.

" When you starve the public education system from district to district. When you take their money and you don't leave them with anything to service our children with, you're dooming us," Joyce Haynes, LAE President, exclaimed.

Those opposed to the law said it's unconstitutional. They said voters never agreed to send public funds to private schools. They worry as well that sending kids to private schools will take money away from already underfunded schools.

"My gut reaction when the legislation passed was, 'my kids', because I want what's best for them. I look at them as if they're my own children," Tia Mills, a special education teacher, said.

The suit also claims that legislation was passed without the necessary two-thirds vote. Those filing the challenge are hopeful they'll win through in the end, but until a decision is handed down they say they're willing and ready to keep up the fight.

"Until they realize we're working with Louisiana’s most precious product, and that they make a difference by listening to the experts, we will continue to advocate in this manner," Haynes said.

The injunction hearing is set for July 24, that's when a judge will decide if the suit has enough grounding to halt the legislation.

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