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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 11:26 AM

St. Tammany is likely to join group lawsuit over school voucher program

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2012/06/st_tammany_is_likely_to_join_g.html



"Two weeks ago the Louisiana Federation of Teachers filed their lawsuit, and (Wednesday) the Louisiana Association of Educators did the same," Loup said. "We're hoping to all work together to put a dent in this to try and get something working to slow this down.

"The voucher program is the key. As long as money is being taken away from the public school system and being given to private and parochial schools, we just can't see where that's constitutional. This has been done without any discussion."

The resolution states that Act 2 is unconstitutional in part because all bills are required under state law to "have a single object or purpose," but it is 47 pages long and addresses several topics and purposes. It adds that the state constitution provides that "state funding for public education shall be equitably allocated to public school systems."

Loup questioned the reasoning Gov. Bobby Jindal "rushed through" with Act 2.

"Within a matter of two or three days, he got the bills passed. That's not the way you do business; nobody runs anything through like that without having some discussion when it affects hundreds of thousands of students all over the state," he said. "We still don't even know how it's going to work. How are we supposed to even be able to run a school system when they can't even tell us how it's going to work?"

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