BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Students in Tangipahoa Parish going to private schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers won't have to immediately return to public schools, despite a recent federal court order against the program.

A New Orleans-based federal judge recently ruled that Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program conflicts with a desegregation case in Tangipahoa Parish and ordered it halted. But on Friday, a federal appeals court allowed the program to continue while the ruling is being appealed.

Fifty students in the parish are attending private schools through the voucher program, and the next round of tuition payments from the state were due next week.

Public school district leaders say the voucher program diverts state money from efforts to comply with orders in the 1965 desegregation case seeking equal treatment and funding for all students