Lawyers for Gov. Bobby Jindal are asking a federal judge to end a 1976 landmark Louisiana case prohibiting public aid to all-white private schools, which would in effect return control of private school funding to the state. The request comes in the course of a legal fight over Louisiana's school voucher program.
The 1976 Brumfield v. Dodd decision came after evidence that the state was encouraging white flight from newly integrated public schools. For nearly four decades, the state has partnered with the federal Justice Department to certify private schools as nondiscriminatory before they can receive textbook or transportation funding support - or, in recent years, school vouchers.
Lawyers for Gov. Bobby Jindal are asking a federal judge to reconsider his November decision that the U.S. government has the right to monitor school voucher assignments for their impact on racial segregation. Barring that, they want Judge Ivan Lemelle to reject the Justice Department's monitoring plan, filed Tuesday, saying it "unreasonably disrupts" the voucher program.
"The United States' proposed process would burden the state with impossible obligations and raises serious federalism concerns," Jindal's lawyers wrote.
The Louisiana Scholarship Program allows low-income children to attend private school at taxpayer expense if they are at C, D or F-rated public schools or entering the system for the first time. About 6,750 students are enrolled in the program, which opened statewide in fall 2012.
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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.
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.
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.
The politics behind the decision made by state District Judge Tim Kelley are murky to discern, but, despite an adverse ruling in part, the decision actually favors reformers, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, supporting the scholarship voucher program.
No doubt, elected Judges can be disinterested and impartial adjudicators of facts and interpreters of law.
What's happening in the world of Louisiana politics and government today? There's local and statewide elections qualifying that began today. Forward New Orleans has taken a stand on public schools. The Department of Education is vouching for its education reform of promoted by Governor Bobby Jindal.
Here are recent press releases and qualifying (unofficial) as of the time of publishing this article.