Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:04 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - An Oct. 15 date has been set for arguments in a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program.
Judge Tim Kelley chose the hearing date Tuesday in a meeting with lawyers for both sides in the case.
Attorneys for two statewide teacher unions and dozens of local school boards say the voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools and other new education funding plans are unconstitutional.
They argue it's improper to pay for the programs through the public school funding formula, and they claim lawmakers didn't follow the process for passing laws.
Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White defend the constitutionality of the programs and the process for passing them into law.