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Judge Issues Order In La. School Vouchers Case

Judge Issues Order In La. School Vouchers Case

A federal judge has given state and federal lawyers 60 days to come up with possible modifications to a longstanding court order to make sure that the state's private school voucher program does not lead to segregation of schools.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle gave his order from the bench Friday in a case involving Louisiana's distribution of taxpayer funded vouchers to some students attending private schools.

The state contends that the vouchers have no effect on desegregation efforts and that no federal oversight by the U. S. Justice Department is needed for the program.

Louisiana's voucher system provides taxpayer funded private school tuition for some low- to moderate income families whose children would otherwise be assigned to poorly performing public schools.

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