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Judge Refuses To Halt Indiana Voucher Program

From the Associated Press:A judge has denied a temporary injunction that would have blocked Indiana's broad new school voucher program. Marion County Judge Michael Keele sided with the state in his ruling today and against a group of teachers and religious leaders backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association. They tried to block the measure passed this yearby the Republican-dominated General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels. Attorneys for the state argued before Keele last week that granting the injunction could force students who received vouchers to leave their private schools just as the instruction year is beginning and scramble to re-enroll in public schools. Keele ruled only on the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. Their complaint challenging the law hasn't gone to trial yet.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.