Brief: National organizations fight voucher program
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 14:03
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three organizations opposed to Louisiana’s private school tuition voucher program are weighing in on the issue ahead of state Supreme Court arguments this week.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday, March 15, that they are against the program, which uses government money to make private school tuition available for some students in poorly performing public schools.
The state is appealing a district judge’s ruling that the program unconstitutionally takes money from an education-funding program meant for public schools. The three groups argue that the program also unconstitutionally uses public money for religion-based education.
The state defends the program’s constitutionality and said it provides parents with needed educational choices.