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.
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.
A recent tour group happened by the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge recently. Wide-eyed and cameras at the ready, they made their way up the 50 steps, each given the name of one of the states. They entered the stately rotunda adorned with brass and a large round state seal embedded in the middle of the floor, complete with each of the state’s 64 parishes.