New lawsuit filed against Jindal voucher program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A second lawsuit has been filed challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program.

The Louisiana Association of Educators lodged its challenge Friday in Baton Rouge district court.

The union objects to the use of the state's public school financing formula to pay for tuition to private and parochial schools. The lawsuit argues the process for passing a package of Jindal-sought education changes and their funding violated the Louisiana Constitution.

Plaintiffs include the LAE, 47 of its local affiliates and seven public school employees.

The LAE is joining another union, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, which filed two lawsuits earlier this month against education programs Jindal pushed in the recent legislative session.

Jindal characterizes the challenges as attempts to stifle reform that will give students in failing schools more educational opportunities.

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