BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A pro-voucher group is striking at Gov. John Bel Edwards in a new TV ad, criticizing him for a proposal to cut the program next year.

The ad from the Louisiana Federation for Children, released Tuesday, accuses the Democratic governor of taking away school choice.

Edwards is proposing a $6 million reduction in state spending on the voucher program in the financial year that begins July 1, as Louisiana grapples with a deep budget shortfall.

The pro-voucher group says the cut would boot 1,000 students from the program. The Edwards administration has said it wouldn't remove any students, but would lessen the amount paid to the private schools for tuition.

Edwards called the ad misleading.

The TV spot and a corresponding radio ad are airing in the Baton Rouge area.

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