Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suffered a major setback on Friday, as a state judge ruled that his private school tuition voucher program was unconstitutional. The judge claimed the program diverts money allocated through public school funding to private schools, according to the Washington Post.
Jindal, who pushed the legislation through the state legislature in April, said he'll appeal the ruling.
This isn't the voucher program's first brush with the law: a federal judged ruled the program conflicted with a desegregation case in one parish, which could affect the program elsewhere in the state.
Critics say the program harms students by funding their attendance at religious schools that teach creationism in science class.
The program could stay in place, however. Lawmakers could finance the program as a line-item in the state's annual budget, the AP reports.Via the Washington Post and the Associated Press.