Louisiana voucher assignments were scheduled to be mailed to parents and schools this week. But they will be delayed until April 21, as a result of the latest court order in a politically charged lawsuit pitting the U.S. Justice Department against the state Department of Education.
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle on Tuesday issued the order outlining information that the state must provide for the Justice Department to monitor the program, which the federal government contends might have worsened public school segregation. The Education Department must disclose data on voucher applicants and the private schools they are assigned to attend 10 days before alerting families and schools.
State Education Superintendent John White announced the delay to April 21 in a Wednesday letter to voucher schools. He painted it as a minor annoyance. "This will not significantly impede the program," he wrote.