Tue May 7, 2013, 02:12 PM
Redfairen (1,276 posts)
Louisiana Supreme Court rules voucher funding violates the state constitution
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the current method of funding the statewide school voucher program is unconstitutional. Act 2, part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012 package of education reforms, diverts money from each student's per-pupil allocation to cover the cost of private or parochial school tuition. The act authorizes both the Louisiana Scholarship Program and the new Course Choice program.
The vote was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. The plaintiffs in the case include the Louisiana Association of Educators, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana School Boards Association.
The ruling states that the per-pupil allocation, called the minimum foundation program or MFP, must go to public schools. Justice John Weimer writes, "The state funds approved through the unique MFP process cannot be diverted to nonpublic schools or other nonpublic course providers according to the clear, specific and unambiguous language of the constitution."
Furthermore, the court found that the instrument Jindal used to pass the MFP for the 2012-13 school year violated proper procedure and was therefore void from the start.
Read more: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2013/05/breaking_louisiana_supreme_cou.html#incart_m-rpt-2
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Response to steve2470 (Reply #1)
Tue May 7, 2013, 02:23 PM
skip fox (13,385 posts)
3. Great for Louisiana!
As a citizen of LA I applaud another nail in the Jidal administration's attempts to privatize education, especially forms which attack science and common sense.
Response to Redfairen (Original post)
Tue May 7, 2013, 02:53 PM
freshwest (50,678 posts)
8. I wonder if their arguments can be used in other states afflicted with this plague.
The GOP will be targeting the elected officials on the LASC next, as they did in FL and got one of their baggers on in WA. They'll be back to destroy a FAPE for American children again, you can count on it. Because they are: