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Vouchers Give Kids ‘The First Real Chance To Succeed,’ Judge Says

The U.S. Justice Department defended its attempt to monitor Louisiana’s private school voucher program during a hearing Monday (June 1) at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. But one of the three judges was clearly skeptical of the government’s argument.

In the past year, the Louisiana Scholarship Program used public money to subsidize tuition at participating private schools for about 7,500 children from low-income families. “Editorially,” Judge Edith Jones of Houston said, vouchers gave those children “the first real chance to succeed educationally in the Louisiana system.”