School voucher program before US appeals court
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has heard arguments about whether Louisiana must present reports about its school voucher program to the U.S. government.
A pro-voucher group says the Justice Department is trying to stifle the program, which provides tuition for 7,400 low- and moderate-income children who otherwise would go to low-performing public schools.
Judge Edith Jones said it's ironic that the government is trying to put hurdles in the way of black families trying to get children into integrated private schools.
The Justice Department says it not trying to stop vouchers, only to learn whether they are hurting desegregation in any of Louisiana's 34 public school systems still under desegregation orders. The DOJ says the data may show they're not, but the department has a duty to find out.