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BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of school voucher supporters took to the steps of the state Capitol today to plead for lawmakers to continue funding the program.

Governor Bobby Jindal joined lawmakers, students, parents and educators at the rally. This comes as the governor tries to find money to fund the scholarship program.

Last week, the state Supreme Court ruled paying for the vouchers with money allocated through the state's public school funding formula violated Louisiana's constitution.

The governor wants the money to come from the general budget, so he's urging lawmakers to back him up.

"This is making sure that every little boy and every little girl out here has the chance to go to a great school," Jindal said today. "This is about making sure every mom and dad has the chance to make the decision about where they're going to send their children to get their education."

The teachers' unions who successfully sued the state over the program have demanded the governor and lawmakers get private schools to retun voucher money they accepted.

Jindal reiterated his pledge today that the voucher program would be funded by the end of the session.


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