by Brian Washington/Photo by Ken Lund
The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck a blow against Governor Bobby Jindal’s efforts to drain away badly needed funding for public education to pay for tuition at private or parochial schools.
Today, Tuesday, May 7, the state’s highest court ruled 6-1 that Governor Jindal’s package of education reforms known as Act 2 was unconstitutionally funded and that the state’s per-pupil allocation must be used at public schools.
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The Louisiana Association of Educators—which represents teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty throughout the state—was one of the plaintiffs in the case brought against the state. To read today’s court ruling in its entirety, click here.
For the 2012-2013 school year, Louisiana’s costly voucher program was expected to run taxpayers more than $25 million and impact just a little more than 5,000 students.
Instead of taking those millions and handing it over to private or parochial schools, many educators across the state had advocated that the governor put that money back into Louisiana public schools and in those policies and strategies studies show improve student learning—like smaller class sizes and more advanced math and science courses.