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Voucher program needs funding

4 years 2 weeks 1 day ago May 08, 2013 May 8, 2013 Wednesday, May 08 2013 May 08, 2013 5:54 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- A day after a court ruled the funding source for the state's private school voucher program was unconstitutional, lawmakers at the Capitol are discussing how to fund the program.

In previous years, funding for a similar program in New Orleans was allocated in the general budget, known as House Bill One.

"Funding through an appropriation in HB1, as we funded the New Orleans voucher program, is an alternative, but there are other alternatives also, and we need to consider them all as we go forward," said Sen. Conrad Appel (R) of Metairie.

Some legislators, who were originally against the plan, said it's too late to back out of a promise the state has made to students.

"I personally did not support the voucher system, but the legislature chose to support it as a whole, in majority and I think we have to honor that commitment as a state," said Rep. Major Thibaut (D) of New Roads.

Though, some lawmakers don't want to hold the budget hostage to keep a promise Governor Jindal made to voucher students.

"I didn't make that promise to them and then find an illegal source of money to fund the program that I just promised to them, that's on the governor," said Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) of Amite.

Education groups tell News 2 school districts could still try and sue to recoup money lost from the voucher program.

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