Pro-voucher group wants judge to back off order
NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a private school tuition voucher program have asked a federal judge to cancel his April order requiring that Louisiana provide regular reports on the program to federal officials.
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's order requires that Louisiana provide federal officials with a variety of reports, including lists and information on voucher applicants and periodic reports on enrollment and racial breakdowns at state public schools.
The voucher supporters say Lemelle has no jurisdiction over the program and that the program does not violate orders in a decades-old desegregation case over which Lemelle presides.
Monday's motion comes despite the fact that both Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, who have been at odds over the program, both said they were pleased with Lemelle's ruling last month.