News from Next Door: Vouchers Declared Unconstitutional in Louisiana

A statewide voucher program for private and religious schools has been declared unconstitutional in Louisiana. The case, decided on the basis of state constitutional language mandating the funding of public schools, is of more than passing interest at a time when some Texas politicians are bent on enacting a voucher scheme here. Louisiana’s AFT affiliate, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, hailed the state court’s decision.  LFT President Steve Monaghan said, “Not only was the voucher program patently unconstitutional, but it placed children into schools without adequate oversight and with no assurance of quality instruction.”

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