Gov. Bobby Jindal managed to be both right and wrong in his latest communication about the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit against Louisiana’s scholarship voucher program: the Pres. Barack Obama Administration has shifted tactics, but its goal to rewrite jurisprudence in the way it finds ideologically acceptable remains the same.
And so the suit is still on. The Justice Department, in its never-ending effort to make sure mostly poor kids stay trapped in lousy schools, has taken the position that while it doesn't want to be the jailer, it does want a heavy hand in the process.
Along those lines, federal prosecutors had a curious filing the other day. Attorney General Eric Holder's minions sued Louisiana's fledgling voucher program, remember, because it allegedly was at odds with desegregation orders still in existence after more than a quarter century.
A Monday filing from federal judge Ivan Lemelle ratifies the U.S. Justice Department's September statement that it has softened its suit against Louisiana's school voucher program. It confirms that the Justice Department wants to monitor the program but not bar the state from issuing some vouchers without court permission.
Although the feds downgraded their demands in September, Gov. Bobby Jindal seized on the Monday filing as a major victory, issuing a press release saying the Justice Department had "abandoned" its suit.
Amid Louisiana's continuing debate over giving families public money to pay private school tuition, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited a New Orleans voucher school Monday to discuss the importance of school choice. Cantor talked with educators and students at The Good Shepherd School in the Central Business District and reiterated his support for vouchers.
"Many kids don't have the same opportunities as the students at Good Shepherd," Cantor said. "We need to come to the rescue and provide school choice across the country.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking President Barack Obama to check out Louisiana’s voucher program firsthand, saying the visit would make him reconsider an administration lawsuit against the program.
Jindal was sending a letter Monday to the White House, inviting Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to a private school in the voucher program, to meet students and their parents.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the governor’s letter.
Holder’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking to bar Louisiana from awarding future vouchers to students who otherwise would attend public schools under federal desegregation orders — until getting clearance from a federal court.
The Justice Department argues that vouchers can impede desegregation efforts.
Jindal calls the lawsuit an attempt to force children back into failing schools to appease teacher unions.
The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday its controversial lawsuit over Gov. Bobby Jindal's school voucher initiative could be resolved quickly now that Louisiana has agreed to provide key documents about a program that might have reversed desegregation gains in 13 school systems. Jindal called the feds' announcement a "PR stunt" and repeated his demand that they drop the suit altogether.
The two sides are set to meet in court Nov. 22 to discuss what the Justice Department calls two still-unresolved questions, in a case that has become a national flashpoint for debate over both private school vouchers and Jindal's political ambitions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department touted what it called a ‘‘breakthrough’’ Tuesday in a dispute with Louisiana over its private school tuition voucher program, but Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said no resolution has been reached, calling the department’s announcement a ‘‘PR stunt.’’
The department filed a motion last month in federal court claiming new publicly funded vouchers should not be issued in school districts under longstanding federal desegregation orders unless approved by a federal judge. Jindal quickly criticized the filing as an attack on a program designed to rescue children from failing schools.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) - The Justice Department is touting a "breakthrough" in a dispute with Louisiana over its private school tuition voucher program, but Gov. Bobby Jindal said no resolution has been reached.
The Justice Department said Tuesday that the state has agreed to provide information to the government that will help resolve questions about whether court approval is needed for the voucher program.
Jindal said the Justice Department announcement is an effort to "rebrand" a federal attack on the state's voucher program as merely an attempt to compile information. He called the Justice statement a "PR stunt."
The department filed a motion last month in federal court claiming new publicly funded vouchers should not be issued in school districts under longstanding federal desegregation orders unless approved by a federal judge.
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A high-profile school vouchers suit could be on a fast path to resolution. The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Louisiana has agreed to provide key documents about the enrollment of its vouchers program, which the feds say may have reversed desegregation gains. The two sides will meet in court on Nov. 22 to debate what the Justice Department is calling two final unresolved questions.
Peter Kadzik, principal deputy assistant attorney general, called it a "significant breakthrough" that "established an orderly process for resolving precisely the question that the United States hoped to resolve when it filed the August motion.
House GOP leaders came to the defense of school-choice advocates Tuesday, calling on the Justice Department to reconsider its legal opposition to a popular school voucher program in Louisiana that gives some students from low-income families the chance to escape failing education systems.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also planned to raise the stakes in the ongoing battle by traveling Wednesday to Washington for a news conference on what the two Republicans call the Obama administration’s attempt to “deny children in Louisiana an equal opportunity to get a great education.