Voucher program loses funding, gains court validation

Friday, May 17, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the funding mechanism for the state's school voucher program is unconstitutional. But a family values advocate says there is good news as well.

Although the justices ruled that the state's Minimum Foundation Program funds could not be used for school vouchers, Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum says the decision actually validates the program because only the funding was declared unconstitutional.

Mills

"The good news is the scholarship program is alive and well," he says. "And now it's been validated by this court."

He says the downside is that now the funding, which would have been secure, will have to come out of the general budget. He says the future of school vouchers will be at the mercy of the governor in office.

"If you get another governor who doesn't believe in the program, he or she could simply not propose the funding," Mills explains. "If we get someone who is not pro-voucher or pro-scholarship, we'll have to fight to continue that funding."

The program had been challenged in court by the Louisiana Association of Educators, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana School Boards Association.

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