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State appeals voucher ruling in court 5PM report

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NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program.

Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning.

District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the program unconstitutional last November, saying funding violates the state constitution. The program uses taxpayer money to send students from failing public schools to private schools.

Teacher unions and school boards across the state filed the lawsuit against the program last year.

The state maintains the program was funded and created in line with state law.

More than 4,900 students are attending private schools with the vouchers.

Last month, the state Department of Education approved 16 more schools for the voucher program next year, bringing the total number of voucher schools statewide to 134.

News 2 will have the latest from the courthouse starting at noon.


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