Education

Jul 26, 2012 4:16 PM by AP

Appeals court allows La. voucher program to begin

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a decision that allows Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program to begin in August.

Teacher unions and local school boards sought to block the start of the program as they challenge its constitutionality.

But a three-judge appellate court panel agreed with District Judge Tim Kelley that an injunction couldn't be issued, citing a law that bars injunctions if a state agency chief says that injunction would cause a deficit in the department.

Superintendent of Education John White and the governor's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater, said in affidavits that the Department of Education would face a deficit if the laws creating and funding the voucher program were blocked.

A hearing on the constitutionality of the education laws is set for October.

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