Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the current method of funding the statewide school voucher program is unconstitutional. Act 2, part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012 package of education reforms, diverts money from each student's per-pupil allocation to cover the cost of private or parochial school tuition. The act authorizes both the Louisiana Scholarship Program and the new Course Choice program.
States are busily passing voucher laws, but a few are running into problems with their state constitutions. Louisiana now joins Colorado and Florida in having school voucher laws declared unconstitutional under their state constitutions. The courts' rulings in Colorado and Florida were decided in part on religious grounds, and that part of the voucher debate is brewing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.