After the Louisiana State Supreme Court ruled that the public school fund could not be used to pay for vouchers for religious and private schools, both sides–the winners and the loser–called the decision a victory.

The court ruled 6-1 against the funding of the vouchers and “course choice,” which would use public funds to pay private providers for a variety of courses.

The National School Boards Association hailed the decision as a victory for the LSBA and public schools, which won the case:

“Scott Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, issued this statement today following the ruling today by a Louisiana Supreme Court that the state’s school voucher scheme is unconstitutional. Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA), the state’s main teachers’ organizations, and 44 traditional public school districts had filed a lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a Louisiana’s voucher law. Richard is available for press interviews to discuss the ruling and impact.

“We are pleased that the Louisiana Supreme Court has reaffirmed a basic tenet of the state Constitution–that taxpayer money should go to public schools that are open to all students. We hope all state residents can understand the dangerous precedent that a voucher scheme has set and how such a program undermines our local community schools. LSBA will continue to work towards its mission of service, support and leadership for local school boards and to ensure a quality public education for all students.”

“The 6-1 decision upholds a state district court ruling that the Louisiana Constitution forbids using money earmarked for public schools to instead fund private school tuition.”

State Superintendent John White, who lost the decision, also issued a press release declaring victory. It says:

“BATON ROUGE, La. – State Superintendent of Education John White issued a statement today concerning the Louisiana Supreme Court ruling on Act 2:

“On the most important aspect of the law, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of families. The Scholarship Program will continue, and thousands of Louisiana families will continue to have the final say in where to send their children to school. Nearly 93 percent of Scholarship families report that they love their school, and we will work with the Legislature to find another funding source to keep parents and kids in these schools.”

Many of the voucher schools teach creationism and use textbooks published specifically for religious schools. John White is sure that whatever they teach is far superior to the schools for which he is responsible.