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La. School Choice Act Lawsuits (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-11-30

Duration: 00:06:02

Subjects: Education | Educational vouchers | LAWSUITS | Louisiana Federation of Teachers | Louisiana Association of Educators | Louisiana School Boards Association


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Producer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Richard, Scott Interviewee
  • Howard, Tirany Interviewee
  • Patin, Charles Interviewee
  • Faircloth, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Evans, Valerie Interviewee
  • Monaghan, Steve Interviewee
  • Edwards, John Bel Interviewee


This segment from the November 30, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana’s School Choice Act, or school voucher program. Lincoln reports on both the lawsuit filed in federal court by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board as a part of their desegregation case, as well as a lawsuit filed in state court by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, Louisiana Association of Educators, and the Louisiana School Boards Association. Her report also includes highlights of a rally held by supporters of the school voucher program. Lincoln interviews: Scott Richard, the president of the Louisiana School Boards Association; Tirany Howard, parent; Charles Patin, attorney for the Tangipahoa Parish School Board; Jimmy Faircloth, attorney for the State of Louisiana; Valerie Evans, the parent of a school voucher student; Steve Monaghan, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, and State Representative John Bel Edwards, a member of the House Education Committee. Host: Shauna Sanford