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Additional reaction to the Louisiana Supreme Court Ruling

Posted: Updated: May 7, 2013 01:59 PM

BATON ROUTE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The ruling held that the method of funding for the governor's scholarship program is unconstitutional.

In addition to the governor's reaction listed earlier today, there was more pro and con being shared in the state.

The organization "Louisiana Progress", issued this statement:

1. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the current method of funding the statewide school voucher program is unconstitutional striking another blow into the heart of the Governor's failed attempts at dismantling public education in our state. The current method takes money away from the per-pupil allocation for public schools to cover the cost of private or parochial schools. The Louisiana Association of Educators and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers deserve our gratitude for their efforts in this court case. Perhaps most importantly the decision states that the per-pupil allocation or MFP must go to public schools.

2. Representative Smith's HCR 90 has favorably passed out of the Health Committee in the Louisiana House of Representatives. If passed this resolution would:

  • create a task force to study and evaluate the effectiveness of sexual health education programs used throughout the state and other states
  • the task force would be required to submit a written report of findings 60 days prior to the 2014 Legislative Session 

About the same time that release was issued, State Superintendent of Education John White issued a statement concerning ruling as well.

"On the most important aspect of the law, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of families. The Scholarship Program will continue, and thousands of Louisiana families will continue to have the final say in where to send their children to school. Nearly 93 percent of Scholarship families report that they love their school, and we will work with the Legislature to find another funding source to keep parents and kids in these schools."

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