Voucher bill argument centers on local dollars

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - Supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal's bill enabling the state to pay private school tuition for some Louisiana students who want out of low-quality public schools often say that state money spent on education should "follow the student" and not an institution.

Critics of the Jindal-backed tuition voucher legislation say the problem is that some of the money following that student is local money, approved by local voters for their local public schools. They say that's a potential problem that could wind up in court.

The Jindal administration says the issue was cleared up with an amendment when the House approved the bill, but the matter arose again this past week during a Senate Education Committee hearing. It could be a topic Monday when the Senate Finance Committee discusses the measure.

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