Voucher lawsuit scheduled for hearing next week

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge will hear arguments next week over whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program was properly created by lawmakers.

Judge Tim Kelley scheduled the hearing to begin Wednesday and set aside three days for the case.

Two statewide teacher unions and dozens of local school boards say the voucher program using tax dollars to send children to private schools and other new education funding plans are unconstitutional.

They argue it's improper to pay for the programs through the public school funding formula, and they claim lawmakers didn't follow the process for passing laws.

Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White defend the constitutionality of the programs and the method for creating them in law.

More than 4,900 students are enrolled in 117 private schools with taxpayer dollars.

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