Another challenge to Gov. Jindal’s school voucher plans …
The Rapides Parish School Board today will consider whether to join a lawsuit seeking to undo Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program.
The Louisiana School Boards Association and 34 school boards, including Concordia and Evangeline in Central Louisiana, filed suit Thursday.
The Rapides Parish School Board has called a special meeting at 5 p.m. today (July 3) to consider a motion by board member Janet Dixon to “join other school boards in Louisiana in litigation and protest against Act II.”
The voucher program, approved by the Legislature in April, allows children who attend public schools graded C or worse to attend a qualified private school at taxpayer expense. Families must meet income guidelines tied to the federal powerty level, which is about $58,000 a year for a family of four.
Lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the program have been filed by the states’ two major teacher unions and by the Louisiana School Boards Association.
Opponents allege that Jindal and lawmakers are improperly paying for the voucher program, home-schooling, online courses, college tuition and independently run charter schools that won’t be affiliated with local school systems. They claim the state Constitution bars the use of the state education funding formula, known as the Minimum Foundation Program, or MFP, for anything besides public school financing.
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