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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the funding method for a private school tuition voucher program pushed through the Legislature last year by Gov. Bobby Jindal is unconstitutional.

Tuesday’s 6-1 decision said the state constitution forbids using money earmarked for public schools in the state’s Minimum Foundation Program to pay for private school tuition.

The high court also ruled that the MFP formula was not legally approved last year — in part because it received only 51 votes in the House when 53 were needed.

Roughly 8,000 students have been approved for vouchers in the coming school year. It is unclear how the program will be funded in light of Tuesday’s ruling.

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