Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month.

The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A hearing in the court case is set for October.

The decision, issued Wednesday, upheld lower court rulings that a judge can't stop taxpayer-subsidized students from attending private and parochial schools because of a 1969 law that bars injunctions if a state agency chief says that would cause a deficit in the department.

The Jindal administration has said in affidavits that the Department of Education would face a deficit if the laws creating and funding the voucher program were blocked.

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