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Judge halts voucher program in Tangipahoa

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — A New Orleans-based federal judge halted Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish on Monday, saying it conflicts with a decades-old desegregation case.

The ruling could have implications for the statewide program throughout Louisiana, since more than 30 of the 69 parish and city school districts are under federal desegregation orders, according to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

Many of those parishes also are participating in the voucher program, which covers 4,900 students around the state.

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