BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The case involving Governor Bobby Jindal’s controversial school voucher program entered day two today.
Testimony wrapped up shortly before 5:00 p.m. The final witness for the defense was Valerie Evans. She's a parent of a child in the voucher program in New Orleans. She talked about how important that move was for her child's future.
Before Evans took the stand, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Penny Dastugue testified that she feels that because of the voucher program, within a year or two she expects students in low performing schools will see significant academic improvement
The first witness on the stand today was a representative from the Louisiana Board of Education, who helps calculate the formula for how much the state and local school districts have to allocate for public education. During her more than five hours on the stand she testified that local school districts have to contribute more money to the voucher program than does the state government. This includes East Baton Rouge's school district.
Closing arguments will start tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. Then it's in the hands of Judge Kelley.