Gov. Bobby Jindal vows to appeal decision against Louisiana’s school voucher program

Calling it a “travesty,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today said the state will appeal a ruling by State District Judge Tim Kelley that Louisiana’s school voucher program is unconstitutional.

The ruling is not an injunction and will have no immediate effect on around 5,000 children who current attend private schools under the voucher program. Jindal said that the ruling was not unexpected. Kelley argued that the voucher program diverts funds intended to support public schools and thus violates Louisiana’s constitution.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, also weighed in, calling the voucher program not only unconstitutional but “unnecessarily aggressive.”

The NEA called the decision “a major victory for students.”

A victory? Supporters of school choice disagree.

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