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State asks for more time in federal voucher case

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago September 05, 2013 Sep 5, 2013 Thursday, September 05 2013 September 05, 2013 3:38 PM in News
Source: Office of the Governor
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Education officials asked for more time today to respond to a Justice Department petition seeking a stop to Louisiana's voucher program.

The state Department of Education's motion said they needed more time to prepare information about students who received vouchers for the 2013-2014 school year.

The motion noted that some scholarship students have until Sept. 11 to register for school, and districts don't have to report their enrollment data until the end of October.

The Justice Department filed papers in district court on Aug. 22 saying vouchers were distributed in 2012 to around 600 public school students in districts still under desgregation orders, and "many of those vouchers impeded the desegregation process."

Governor Bobby Jindal voiced strong opposition to the case, calling it "a clear political ploy" today.

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