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State voucher defense costs increasing by $750,000

1 year ago Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:52:32 PM CST January 14, 2014 Tuesday, January 14 2014 Jan 14, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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