Testimony in state voucher lawsuit continues

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Testimony in a Baton Rouge trial challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program has ended, with

final arguments from lawyers planned Friday.

The last witness in the case was Valerie

Evans, whose 11-year-old son has been in the New Orleans voucher program

that was

the predecessor to the newly-created statewide program. Evans

talked of her inability to afford private school tuition without

the state covering its cost.

Judge Tim Kelley heard testimony over Wednesday and Thursday and asked lawyers to give him their final pitches Friday.

After Thursday's witnesses, Kelley backed off his previous statement that he expects to rule by the end of the week on whether

the voucher program is constitutional. He said he was unsure when he will make his decision.