La., Justice Dept. remain at odds over vouchers

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 12:02 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department is touting a "breakthrough" in a dispute with Louisiana over its private school tuition voucher program, but Gov. Bobby Jindal says no resolution has been reached.

The department filed a motion last month in federal court claiming new publicly funded vouchers should not be issued in school districts under longstanding federal desegregation orders unless approved by a federal judge.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department said the state has agreed to provide information to the government that will help resolve questions about whether court approval is needed for the voucher program.

Jindal said the Justice Department announcement is an effort to "rebrand" a federal attack on the state's voucher program as merely an attempt to compile information. He called the Justice statement a "PR stunt."

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