Jindal: DOJ’s latest school-choice lawsuit maneuver “nothing more than a PR stunt”

posted at 1:21 pm on September 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama Justice Department’s relentless campaign to deny low-income and often minority children the opportunity to escape failing public school systems — capriciously and malignantly conducted under the guise of “protecting civil rights” and aiding the “desegregation process” — made its latest manifestation in Louisiana in August, when the DOJ asked a federal court to stop Louisiana school districts from handing out private-school vouchers.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been fighting the federal government’s blatantly ideological interference in his state’s education system, defending the positive program that has demonstrably bettered the opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged children and for which parents are clamoring. Regardless of the Justice Department’s latest claims in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, saying the state has agreed to hand over information that the DOJ has ostensibly been requesting about the program’s effect on the racial makeup of participating schools, Jindal insists that Louisiana and the feds are no closer to a resolution on the issue. Via Politico:

“…Louisiana agreed to provide information on the voucher program that the department had originally requested in May 2013 and that the state had, up until now, largely withheld. This is thus a major step forward and puts the parties on a path to resolving the primary issue that motivated the department’s court filing in the first place,” the DOJ letter to Boehner reads. “We are pleased that Louisiana finally has agreed to provide the necessary information to the department. It is only regrettable that the department had to resort to court involvement in this case in order to obtain it.”

But Jindal blasted the DOJ’s letter because the central component of the lawsuit still stands: DOJ is still aiming to keep the program from granting vouchers next school year unless a federal court first approves parents’ decisions about where they want to send their children to school.

“The Obama Administration’s latest maneuver is nothing more than a PR stunt,” Jindal said in a statement. “While attempting to rebrand its legal challenge as merely an attempt to seek information about implementation of the scholarship program, the administration’s real motive still stands — forcing parents to go to federal court to seek approval for where they want to send their children to school.”

“The Obama Administration’s letter is disingenuous,” the statement continued. “The administration claims the state is suddenly providing information, when in reality, the information the federal government is seeking does not even exist yet. And they know it.”

And Jindal is capitalizing on the opportunity by making sure everyone in Louisiana is acquainted with the Justice Department’s perversity, scooping into his campaign funds to get the message out with an ad buy that will run for the next several weeks:

The Justice Department, however, apparently remains determined in their quest to undercut Bobby Jindal’s gumption in taking on the quagmire that is the public school system and its teachers unions, which is a damn shame for the many parents trying to get their kids out of its fail factories. Clint Bolick has more at the WSJ:

As part of its efforts to boost educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, last year Louisiana enacted the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program. The statewide program provides tuition vouchers to children from families with incomes below 250% of the poverty line whose children otherwise would attend public schools that the state has graded C, D or F. This year, roughly 8,000 children are using vouchers to attend private schools. Among those, 91% are minority and 86% would have attended public schools with D or F grades. …

If successful, the Justice Department’s motion could thwart school choice—not just vouchers, but charter schools—in hundreds of districts across the country that are still subject to desegregation decrees. And it would deprive thousands of Louisiana schoolchildren, nearly all of them black, of the only high-quality educational opportunities they have ever had.

Such a result would turn the desegregation decrees on their head, for it would inflict grave harm on the very children who are the decrees’ intended beneficiaries. Properly understood, desegregation and school choice share a common aim: educational opportunity.


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This is all just a game isn’t it?

Jindal knows he’s not going to win. The Administration is full left and will find a court to rule for them.

And is this just another way to brand the Federal government as all powerful and the states as little more than local fiefdoms?

We don’t live in the America I was born into so long ago.

Hells Bells this isn’t even the USA of 2008!

I just wish the gop was as fully committed to Limited government the way the Progressive Nazis are.

PappyD61 on September 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

……..committed to dragging us into a tyrannical regime.

PappyD61 on September 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Defund the Justice Department. And the Department of Education. Starve the libs of money.

Iblis on September 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

With lowest common denominator for us all. Better everyone is mediocre rather than have some excel in the mindset of these Liberals.

Forget trying to excel or provide the best for your children.

ProfShadow on September 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

“The administration claims the state is suddenly providing information, when in reality, the information the federal government is seeking does not even exist yet. And they know it.”

So Holder is lying again.

SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

GarandFan on September 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

But….but…but…what about the children?

You lefties are a joke.

Bishop on September 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

“nothing more than a PR stunt”

Pretty much describes everything the Dems do.

dentarthurdent on September 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

… the Justice Department’s latest claims in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner …

The head of the justice department, Eric Holder, is in total disgrace and has been found in contempt of congress. As long as he sits at the top of that department, it simply lacks moral authority and cannot be trusted by the people.

Freddy on September 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

This should be the first in a series of spots on how the Democratic Party has used the black community. Next up would be same-sex marriage and then immigration reform. These are issues that the black voters disapprove of and whose votes should be considered by the GOP.
Forget Cruz, Christie and Paul. Our next President needs to be a former governor who can pass a budget on a bi-partisan basis and meet the needs of all, not just the politically connected.

djaymick on September 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Someone needs to photoshop Eric Holder onto Mother Gothel’s body with the caption “Juuussstiiice knows best!”

One of these days I really need to learn Photoshop….

pookysgirl on September 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

If successful, the Justice Department’s motion could thwart school choice—not just vouchers, but charter schools—in hundreds of districts across the country that are still subject to desegregation decrees.

Important question: Why is any district in this country under a desegregation decree? Are there any of them that have had a problem with segregation in the last 20 years?

GWB on September 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Just finished….

Rotten To The Common Core

Resist We Much on September 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Well, the Rats have to keep their base, and everybody else, as dumb as a box of rocks (though that is an insult to rocks) to stay in power.

Steve Eggleston on September 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Just ignore whatever the DOJ wants – do the program, give the vouchers. Let these children and their parents escape the parents who obviously don’t care and have contributed, along with teacher’s unions, to the poor performance of these failing schools.

And then just make the program bigger and bigger and bigger. How will the DOJ stop this? Bet Jindal has more cops than the US has marshalls to enforce keeping the unfortunate minority kids on the dem plantation.

Zomcon JEM on September 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

If successful, the Justice Department’s motion could thwart school choice—not just vouchers, but charter schools—in hundreds of districts across the country that are still subject to desegregation decrees.

Important question: Why is any district in this country under a desegregation decree? Are there any of them that have had a problem with segregation in the last 20 years?

GWB on September 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I presume for the same reason the DOJ is suddenly concerned about segregation: an excuse to allow the federal government to exert its power at the expense of everyone else. In this case, to keep the education lobby happy by preventing effective school reform.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

“nothing more than a PR stunt”

And one that the media is more than happy to spin as news

nextgen_repub on September 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

But….but…but…what about the children?

You lefties are a joke.

Bishop on September 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

It IS about the children.

It’s about ensuring that the children become lifelong Low-IQ Democrat Voters. Nothing more, nothing less.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

That’s my assumption, too.

GWB on September 25, 2013 at 5:06 PM

What a bunch of blowhards. The senate hasn’t passed a budget in what, four years? Complete violation of the rules of government and yet they still have jobs. That’s the fault of ignorant voters. Harry Reid oughta be doing his old job of being a bagman for the mob. Nancy Pelosi oughta be burping grand babies and scaring them by smiling, and John McCain ought to be home for his nap, permanently.

A plague on both their houses.

Ishmael on September 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM