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Testimony wraps up in lawsuit against vouchers

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BATON ROUGE - Testimony in a Baton Rouge trial challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program has ended, with final arguments from lawyers planned Friday.

The last witness in the case was Valerie Evans, whose 11-year-old son has been in the New Orleans voucher program that was the predecessor to the newly-created statewide program. Evans talked of her inability to afford private school tuition without the state covering its cost.

Judge Tim Kelley heard testimony over Wednesday and Thursday and asked lawyers to give him their final pitches Friday.

After Thursday's witnesses, Kelley backed off his previous statement that he expects to rule by the end of the week on whether the voucher program is constitutional. He said he was unsure when he will make his decision.


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