The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Louisiana Judge Rules Funding System for Vouchers Unconstitutional, Appeal Expected

Friday, November 30, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA—Nearly 5,000 Louisiana children are at risk of losing their school choice vouchers after the 19th Judicial District Court ruled today the program’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional. Supporters of the program are expected to appeal the court’s ruling directly to the Louisiana Supreme Court, an action that will suspend today’s ruling so that children are not adversely affected during the appeal process.

“How sad that bureaucratic funding formulas and public employee unions take precedent over parents wanting to give their children the best education possible,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “We are confident that when this ruling is appealed, the Louisiana Supreme Court will rule in favor of kids and their parents’ right to choose effective, safe schools.”

Although the decision does not impact the question of whether a child may access public dollars to attend a private school under Louisiana’s constitution, use of the usual method of public school funding to support Louisiana’s newly expanded statewide voucher program was ruled unconstitutional.

The Friedman Foundation will provide further updates as this story progresses. For the Friedman Foundation’s profile on Louisiana’s expanded school voucher program, click here.

About the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, solely dedicated to advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman’s vision of school choice for all children. The Foundation promotes school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America.
Jeff Reed
Communications Director
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Phone: 317-681-0745

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