POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 4:25pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Today the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the funding for the state’s education voucher program is unconstitutional. Governor Jindal responded to the decision by saying that he plans to continue the program and will find the money within the state’s budget.
“We’re disappointed the funding mechanism was rejected, but we are committed to making sure this program continues and we will fund it through the budget," Governor JIndal said in a statement. "The bottom line is that our kids only get one chance to grow up and we are committed to making sure choice is alive and families can send their children to the school of their choice."
In its second year, the voucher program has matched 8,000 students to the school of their choice in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. That’s 3,000 more scholarships than were offered in the program’s first year.
“I’ve looked these parents and their children in the eyes and I know how important it is to give them the opportunity to get a better education,” Governor Jindal said. “Before this reform, 44 percent of our schools were failing, we were spending nearly a billion dollars on failing schools and one-third of students were performing below grade level."
Governor Jindal is set to hold a press conference at 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 to discuss the future of the program.