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BATONROUGE -- Washington, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parish school boards have filed a lawsuit, along with the Louisiana School Boards Association, and 30 other school boards, challenging Louisiana's new school voucher program.

The paperwork was filed yesterday in Baton Rouge.

It claims, like teachers' associations have in their lawsuits, that the program, which allows children in failing schools to transfer to private or parochial schools using public dollars, is unconstitutional.

Students can also choose to move to a successful public school district using the vouchers.

Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. John Parish school boards are also part of the group raising the legal challenge.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 10. The state has until the end of today to file any objections to the lawsuit.

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