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Voucher hearing

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit struck down West Virginia's non-public school vouchers law during a hearing in her courtroom Wednesday. 

A Kanawha County circuit judge Wednesday struck down West Virginia’s nonpublic school vouchers law, which was the nation’s most expansive “school choice” law when the Legislature passed it last year.

“Any action negatively impacting public school funding is subject to strict scrutiny,” Judge Joanna Tabit said. “And the Legislature can reduce funds for public education only, only if they can show a compelling governmental interest. Non-public education is not a constitutional interest of this state, and I am troubled that there seem to be no educational standards or accountability to the public.”

Ryan Quinn covers education. He can be reached at 304-348-1254 or ryan.quinn@hdmediallc.com. Follow @RyanEQuinn on Twitter.

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