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Judge to issue voucher ruling Friday

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge says he'll rule Friday afternoon in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program as unconstitutional.

Attorneys made their closing pitches to Judge Tim Kelley, who says he'll again review the evidence and court filings before announcing his decision.

Teacher unions and school boards are seeking to shut down the vouchers and other changes that would funnel more money away from traditional public schools. They say it's illegal to pay for vouchers to private schools through the public school funding formula. They also claim lawmakers didn't follow the proper process.

The state education department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education say the programs were funded and created in line with the constitution.

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