Jindal invites Obama for school visit

Oct 1, 2013 by

Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking President Barack Obama to check out Louisiana’s voucher program firsthand, saying the visit would make him scrap an administration lawsuit against the program.

Jindal sent a letter Monday (Sept. 30) to the White House inviting Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to a private school that accepts voucher students, whose education is paid with state tax dollars.

“I am sure you would agree that it is critical to sit down with parents and students who are enrolled in the program to discuss their experiences at the new schools and how it compares to the experiences at their previous failing schools,” the Republican governor says in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

“I believe if you and the Attorney General are able to hear firsthand from parents about the experiences their children are having in the program, then you will reconsider the suit,” Jindal writes.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit in August seeking to bar Louisiana from awarding future school vouchers to students who otherwise would attend public schools under federal desegregation orders — until getting clearance from a federal court.

Louisiana has 34 school districts under federal desegregation orders, and vouchers have been given to students in at least 22 of those districts, according to the Justice Department lawsuit.

The Obama administration argues that vouchers can impede desegregation efforts, skewing racial demographics of schools.

via Jindal invites Obama for school visit | NOLA.com.

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