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Nov 29, 2012 10:39 AM by AP

Testimony in voucher lawsuit continues Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Testimony is continuing for a second day in a Baton Rouge trial over whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program is unconstitutional.

Judge Tim Kelley said he expects to rule this week on the lawsuit from teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the vouchers and to stop other planned education changes that would funnel more money away from traditional public schools.

The trial resumed Thursday.

Lawyers for the unions and school boards say it's illegal to pay for vouchers to private schools through the public school funding formula. They also claim lawmakers didn't follow the proper process.

Lawyers for the state education department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education say the programs were funded and created in line with the constitution and state law.

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