Justice Dept. asks for delay in voucher case
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program.
The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a deadline of December 16.
The Justice Department filed suit in August, saying that the voucher program affects the racial balance in school districts that are under desegregation orders.
The state has asked for numerous documents from the Justice Department, including copies of numerous desegregation orders.
Lawyers for the department say the documents won't be needed for a Nov. 22 hearing on a key legal question: whether a desegregation order in a 1975 case applies to the voucher program.