The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused a teachers union request
for an injunction to halt the state's voucher program. Next comes a
court battle over the constitutionality of vouchers.
The court issued the decision without comment in its refusal to
stop Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform package.
Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum says this is only round
one in the fight with the Louisiana Association of Educators.
"Fortunately they were dealt a setback in the most recent
dismissal where they sought an injunction to stop the program from
going forward," he remarks. "So as of now, reform is still on the
way -- teachers unions zero, education reform and children
He says the courts will now consider the Association's argument
that using taxpayer dollars to fund private school education is
"That's their best case, frankly," Mills acknowledges. "A court
could go either way on that. It depends on their interpretation of
public versus private and providing a system of education in the
state of Louisiana, how broadly they define that."
Arguments over the constitutionality of state's voucher program
are scheduled to begin in October.