Education

Oct 12, 2012 8:54 AM by AP/CS

Voucher program lawsuit hearing pushed to November

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Arguments in a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program have been pushed back to November.

Judge Tim Kelley had planned a hearing next week. But he's rescheduled it to Nov. 28, setting aside three days for the case.

Two statewide teacher unions and dozens of local school boards say the voucher program that is using tax dollars to send children to private schools and other new education funding plans are unconstitutional.

They argue it's improper to pay for the programs through the public school funding formula, and they claim lawmakers didn't follow the process for passing laws.

Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White defend the constitutionality of the programs and the process for passing them into law.

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