State voucher defense costs increasing by $750,000
BATON ROUGE- The price tag for defending Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies against legal challenges is growing.
The Department of Education is boosting its contracts for outside lawyers by $750,000, to represent the department in lawsuits against Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send children to private schools.
A majority of members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Tuesday to the legal spending.
The education department's contract with Washington-based law firm Cooper & Kirk is growing from $150,000 to $650,000. The agency's contract with the Louisiana-based Faircloth Law Group - the law firm of Jindal's former executive counsel, Jimmy Faircloth - is rising from $20,000 to as much as $270,000.
Lawsuits were filed challenging the financing of the voucher program and its compliance with federal desegregation orders.