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Tue May 7, 2013, 02:12 PM

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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Reply Louisiana Supreme Court rules voucher funding violates the state constitution (Original post)
Redfairen May 2013 OP
steve2470 May 2013 #1
skip fox May 2013 #3
steve2470 May 2013 #4
SoapBox May 2013 #5
SoapBox May 2013 #2
no_hypocrisy May 2013 #6
Dustlawyer May 2013 #7
freshwest May 2013 #8
Myrina May 2013 #10
likesmountains 52 May 2013 #9
fleur-de-lisa May 2013 #11
juajen May 2013 #15
mountain grammy May 2013 #12
Half-Century Man May 2013 #13
rurallib May 2013 #14

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:13 PM

1. good for them nt

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #1)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:23 PM

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.

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Response to skip fox (Reply #3)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:23 PM

4. agreed ! nt

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Response to skip fox (Reply #3)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:33 PM

5. I always think of it as, The Reign of the

Jindal Jihad.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:16 PM

2. Love it!

...you can bet that FuxsNews and the Hater, Bagger and Bully folks are just vomiting over this.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:40 PM

6. What would Huey (Long) do?

Rx: Change the Constitution.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:48 PM

7. Shocking but awesome!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:53 PM

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:



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Response to freshwest (Reply #8)

Tue May 7, 2013, 04:01 PM

10. I certainly hope so ... they're vouchering Indiana to death.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 03:35 PM

9. Excellent news!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 04:32 PM

11. Wow . . . my state did the right thing? Where are my smelling salts? - n/t

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #11)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:20 PM

15. Yeah, whodathunkit! It's about time, isn't it fleur?

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 04:50 PM

12. Every now and then, a glimmer of hope. These "reforms" funneled public money to religious schools.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 04:52 PM

13. Look children look...

...the "paid to be stupid" don't always win. Integrity and common sense are not dead yet.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:12 PM

14. holy shit - one branch of government not paid off

how long will that last?

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