Louisiana’s Supreme Court rules funding vouchers unconstitutional

In a 6-1 decision, Louisiana’s highest court ruled today that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s funding mechanism for his private school tuition voucher program is unconstitutional.

Taking public money that is designated for public schools and using it to pay for private school tuition through Jindal’s voucher program goes against the state’s constitution, said the high court.

Reportedly the LA Supreme Court also ruled that the funding formula was not legally approved last year. The state legislature passed a resolution, instead of a law, to appropriate funds for the program after the deadline for introducing legislation, rendering it invalid.

Here in North Carolina, Rep. Stam recently introduced legislation for a state voucher program that would siphon $90 million dollars from public schools to private institutions over the next two years.

The bill, HB 944, “Opportunity Scholarship Act,” is expected to be heard in committee in the coming weeks.

Check out NC Policy Watch’s story about the myriad ways in which voucher programs can have unintended consequences.

2 Comments

  1. wncgirl

    May 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I think we all know the Teapublicans in Raleigh have no interest (except self interest) in following either moral imperitives or our constitution— people used to ask me why Repubicans had so little power in NC for so long.. they don’t ask that question anymore

  2. Jim Aycock

    May 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

    “You cannot do the best for your child unless you also do the best for my child,” said Gov. Charles Aycock, calling for the “equal right of every child born on earth” to develop all that is within that child. Our state constitution requires a “uniform” system with “equal opportunities” for all children. How can vouchers or these other GOP devices stand a constitutional test?