More than 8,800 students will receive public money in the 2014-15 academic year to pay tuition and attend private schools under Louisiana's voucher program, Gov. Bobby Jindal and state education officials announced Wednesday. If all choose to enroll, it will represent about a 30 percent increase from the 6,751 students who used vouchers last year.
That growth rate would be down from 38 percent the year before, but still would represent a solid showing for a program that the U.S. Justice Department sued in August. The Justice Department said vouchers it might hurt school integration efforts, but it scaled back its suit to a request for enrollment data, which a federal judge ruled in November the state must provide.
Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker slammed President Barack Obama's administration for that lawsuit Wednesday. In an opinion piece for Politico, they said school choice is a civil rights initiative.