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State launches defense of voucher program

3 years ago June 29, 2012 Jun 29, 2012 Friday, June 29 2012 Friday, June 29, 2012 2:34:48 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - State officials are launching their legal defense of Louisiana's new tuition voucher program.

The program lets thousands of students from low-performing public schools get taxpayer-funded private school tuition.

Opponents' lawsuits say the program is unconstitutional for several reasons. One argument is that Louisiana's constitution requires that money allocated through the state education funding formula go to public schools.

The state argues that the formula is a budgeting tool and there is nothing unconstitutional about using state money for private school vouchers.

State-hired lawyers also Friday disputed the contention that the voucher bill was unconstitutional because it dealt with multiple subjects, including the formation of charter schools and state takeovers of local schools. The state argues the bill is constitutional because all of its elements are reasonably related.

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