The U.S. Justice Department says Louisiana has made unnecessary demands for documents in federal government’s school vouchers desegregation lawsuit, and is asking Judge Ivan Lemelle push back a document-filing deadline. The request would not affect the date of a scheduled Nov. 22 hearing, although Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to push the Justice Department to drop the case altogether.
Louisiana’s school voucher program lets some students attend private schools at taxpayer expense. The Justice Department’s analysis says the program worsened racial segregation in 13 school systems last year.