La. Education Department withholding voucher records


BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's education chief has refused to provide records from the deliberations over how schools were chosen to participate in Gov. Bobby Jindal's new statewide voucher program, which is using tax dollars to send students to private and parochial schools.

The Department of Education isn't claiming an exemption to public records law in denying the June 12 request from The Associated Press and delaying any production of the internal documents for at least several more weeks.

Instead, the department is claiming "a deliberative process privilege" cited in two court rulings that have nothing to do with education issues, but involve legal battles over what records should be available to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office.