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Never underestimate the lengths to which teachers’ unions will go to trap students in failing government schools to protect their education monopoly. In Louisiana, the union sued the state to have Governor Bobby Jindal’s groundbreaking school-choice option overturned as unconstitutional.

Sadly, it appears the union’s tactics are working. Judge Tim Kelley of the 19th judicial district in East Baton Rouge ruled yesterday that the voucher program is unconstitutional, and Louisiana’s poorest schoolchildren may no longer be able to enjoy their newfound educational options.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT) argued that the voucher program violates a provision of the state constitution requiring that government education funding be used to finance public schools. The union argued that the voucher program robs public schools, as if public schools were entitled to taxpayer dollars irrespective of academic performance.

“The LFT is preventing parents from doing what they think is best for their children,” Louisiana schools superintendent John White said. “It’s time to return our focus to teaching and classrooms, but the LFT keeps dragging us back to politics and courtrooms.”
The making of liberal drones cannot be left to chance.
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