Voucher battle goes to court on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:58pm

Can you use public money to send students to private and parochial schools? That'll be one of the questions answered when teachers’ unions square off against the Jindal administration in district court on Wednesday. Parents NBC33 spoke to are conflicted about how they feel about the issue of vouchers.

"On the one hand it probably is a good idea that you know that kids can have a chance to go to a better school if their public school is not serving their needs...On the other hand I'd be concerned that the standard of the private schools don't suffer," says parent Richard McCrary.

Back during the last legislative session in April lawmakers decided it was constitutional and that parents had the right to decide where they could send their children to school. The Superintendent of Education John White released a statement to NBC33 stating:

"Tens of thousands of children are enrolled in these schools. Taxpaying parents made the decision that this is what is best for their child and their tax dollars. We’re now in the middle of the school year and even then some people continue to stop at nothing to prevent parents from doing what's best for their children.

But Steve Monaghan of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers says the administration didn't give parents all the information necessary to make an informed decision on where they want to send their kids to school. And he says the way the bill was passed was against the law.

"There was a sense that justice was not done. There is a strong sense here that the constitution was subverted and that's why we're in Judge Kelley's court tomorrow," says Monaghan.

The decision on the fate of the almost 5,000 students enrolled in the statewide voucher program is expected to come by the end of the week.

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