BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's private school tuition voucher program has been ruled unconstitutional by a state judge.
State Judge Tim Kelley said Friday that the program improperly diverts money allocated through the state's public school funding formula to private schools. He also said it unconstitutionally diverts local tax dollars to private schools.
Kelley ruled in a lawsuit backed by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program.
The state education department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education said the programs were funded and created in line with the constitution.
It was not immediately clear how the ruling would affect more than 4,900 students now enrolled in 117 private schools with taxpayer dollars.