Broadest School Vouchers in the Nation Upheld by Court

(Updated) Even though the Indiana Supreme Court upheld a voucher program, the Louisiana Supreme Court has called its state's program unconstitutional.

Update (May 9): In a 6-1 ruling, the Louisiana state Supreme Court has ruled that a school voucher program that uses public funds to send low-income students to private schools violates the state constitution. The constitution prohibits programs that do not distribute funds to public and private schools equally.

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The Indiana Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's school voucher program–the most expansive program of its kind in America–is constitutional despite complaints that much of the money involved goes to religious schools.

According to chief justice Brent Dickson, the voucher program is constitutional because the state funds "do not directly benefit religious schools but rather directly benefit lower-income families with school children."

The voucher program provides public assistance for low- and middle-income families to send their children to private institutions, including both religious and non-religious schools. However, the Indiana State Teachers Association has ...

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