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Judge: School voucher report order stands

9 months ago August 04, 2014 Aug 4, 2014 Monday, August 04 2014 Monday, August 04, 2014 1:29:32 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - An attorney says parents and the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options will probably appeal an order for Louisiana to send reports about its school voucher program to federal attorneys.

Attorney Jonathan Riches (RICH-ez) of the conservative Goldwater Institute says the parents believe the U.S. Justice Department wants to dismantle the voucher program.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ordered the reports, saying they're needed to make sure Louisiana complies with a 1975 desegregation order about state money going to private schools. Lemelle's decision, filed Monday, says he won't scrap the order he handed down in April.

Lemelle rejected arguments that he has no jurisdiction over the program and that a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2002 has changed things so the 1970s case does not apply to the voucher program.

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