BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans-based federal judge has halted Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish, saying it conflicts with a decades-old desegregation case.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/Re0xNn ) that U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Monday that a series of sweeping education changes clash with court orders in the 47-year-old desegregation case. Those changes including the voucher program and a revamp of teacher job protections.
The voucher program pays private school tuition for some students from low-performing schools. School system attorneys argue it diverts state money from local schools - and from efforts to comply with orders in the 1965 desegregation case.
Superintendent of Education John White said the ruling will be appealed.
The ruling could have implications beyond Tangipahoa Parish. Several other Louisiana school districts are under federal desegregation orders.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.