State, feds declare victory in voucher ruling
NEW ORLEANS - Both sides say they are pleased with a federal judge's order that the state must provide the U.S. Justice Department with regular reports on the state's private school tuition program.
In a news release, Gov. Bobby Jindal said the order is a victory for the state because it won't impede the voucher program and didn't grant Justice officials "veto power" over vouchers.
The Justice Department said the order rejected state efforts to resist providing basic information about how the voucher program will affect school desegregation.
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's order requires periodic reports including school enrollment data and lists of voucher applicants, including information on whether they were approved for private-school funding and on the schools they will attend.
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