WHO: Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), and Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA)
WHAT: In November of 2012, LAE and other public school teacher and education groups won judicial declaration when a Baton Rouge district judge declared that Act 2 and Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 99 of the 2012 Legislative Session were unconstitutional because they directed the use of the state's public school financing formula to pay for tuition for some students to attend private and parochial schools. That ruling was challenged and will be argued in Louisiana Supreme Court Tuesday, March 19.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Louisiana Supreme Court located at 400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA.
WHY: We need to adequately fund the institutions where the vast majority of Louisiana students learn, and that's in public school classrooms. Louisiana public schools must be adequately funded so that the educational experience is optimal for all of Louisiana's children. During the 2012 Legislative Session, the Louisiana Association of Educators, LA Federation of Teachers, and LA School Boards Association, along with a number of legislators, tried to point out the constitutional issues surrounding the use of the MFP as the funding mechanism for the voucher program, but the administration ignored their pleas. In November, a Baton Rouge District Court judge agreed and ruled that the laws were unconstitutional.
CONTACT: For more information, contact LAE Communications Director Ashley Davies at (504) 319-0846 or Executive Director Dr. Michael Walker-Jones at (225) 505-5907.