District Judge Tim Kelley ruled on Tuesday that he cannot block Louisiana’s controversial voucher program from going into effect next month because of a state law that prohibits injunctions when state officials claim they will cause a deficit. Superintendent John White and Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater claimed that an injunction would cause a $3.4 billion — the amount spent by the state to educate students — deficit in the education budget. Opponents countered that an injunction would merely prevent money from being distributed, saying “That’s just kind of crazy. … There’s no way that not spending money can cause a deficit.” Even though no injunction was granted, the case challenging the program’s constitutionality is ongoing.
Judge Refuses To Block Louisiana’s Controversial School Vouchers Program