Jindal to Obama admin: By all means, come tell Louisiana parents why their children should be stuck in failing schools

posted at 5:21 pm on September 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

About a month ago, the Department of Justice made the bizarre and by almost all accounts counterproductive decision to sue the state of Louisiana for working to turn around the state’s low-performing public school system and allowing low-income students with opportunities to escape from these fail factories with a voucher program. The DOJ’s apparently depraved move to use outdated desegregation decrees to actively block poor and largely minority students from access to a better education went over well with pretty much nobody, and with Gov. Bobby Jindal least of all.

After calling the Obama administration out last week for their disingenuous representation of what really just amounts to “forcing parents to go to federal court to seek approval for where they want to send their children to school,” Jindal took his fight straight to the source on Monday and invited President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to come to Louisiana and check out the state’s voucher program for themselves — and more or less dares them to carry on with their lawsuit after they talk to some of the parents whose children stand to benefit from the reforms. The AP has some excerpts from his letter to the White House:

“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. …

“I think it is only right that you and Attorney General Holder join me and come visit a scholarship school in Louisiana to look into the faces of the parents and kids and try to explain to them why you want to force them back into failing schools,” the governor writes to the president. …

“However, it takes time to fix some of our failing public schools that have been in disrepair for far too long — time that our children do not have. Our children only grow up once and every single child, no matter race or income level, deserves an equal opportunity to get a great education,” he writes.

As tempting as it is to hold out hope that the Obama administration will take Jindal up on the invite and get some live feedback from the people their ideological campaign effects will mean dropping their weaksauce defense on what they’re plenty well aware is an indefensible lawsuit. As Dick Komer notes at Forbes, this entire misbegotten suit is based off of some trumped-up assertions that don’t really stand the test of logic:

Finally, the DOJ, perhaps in an effort to appear “reasonable,” but more likely in an attempt to intimidate Louisiana, notes that it is only asking the court to enjoin the state from awarding vouchers to students attending schools in the 34 court-ordered districts without prior permission from the federal judges overseeing the court orders.  As noted previously, those orders do not prohibit students from transferring to private schools.  The DOJ also asserts that the court could even interfere with the award of scholarships in the 35 racially unitary districts no longer under court order, if the program supports, results in, or fosters segregation or discrimination.  This assertion is simply ludicrous, given that the DOJ would have to prove intentional racial discrimination with respect to a program where 91 percent of the scholarship recipients are minority, and 86 percent of the recipients are coming from schools that the state has rated as “D” or “F” on an A-F scale, and where every one of the private schools they are moving to is in compliance with the court order issued in this very case in 1975.

Apparently, what the DOJ expects to happen is for the federal judges overseeing these 34 districts remaining under federal court orders to forbid families from using scholarships for which their children are eligible to move their children out of ineffective public schools into nondiscriminatory private schools, if those private schools are “racially identifiable.”  This would return Louisiana to the prior status quo where families with the means to do so are free to move their children to the private schools of their choice, but low-income families are forced to remain behind in inadequate public schools to ensure racial balance.


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Wanting black kids to get an education is racist. That’s why.

besser tot als rot on September 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Brilliant reply Gov. Jindal – I smell a winning issue

What’s more – I know it’s a winning issue

jake-the-goose on September 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Jindal/Cruz ’16

Kafir on September 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Why does Jindal hate brown people?

davidk on September 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Conservative members of the GOP are firing up. McCain is play blackjack.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 5:27 PM

So how long do we have to wait before the courts bitch-slap Barry and Eric?

GarandFan on September 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Democrat bumper sticker:

Dumb kids are our future! Without them, no one will vote for us

BobMbx on September 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

“I think it is only right that you and Attorney General Holder join me and come visit a scholarship school in Louisiana to look into the faces of the parents and kids and try to explain to them why you want to force them back into failing schools,”

Because these kids, if they can think for themselves, might just question the counterproductive policies of the Democrats.

rbj on September 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Democrat bumper sticker:

Dumb kids are our future! Without them, no one will vote for us

BobMbx on September 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Ergo the blatantly dumbed-down Common Core standards.

86 on September 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Let’s enforce some irony here. Bobby, call out the Louisiana National Guard to keep the fed lawyers out of all state offices and jail them indefinitely if they resist. Do the same with Democrat judges if they try to show up in their courtrooms. Have the Guard escort the children to the schools of their parents’ choice.

Or perhaps he should start up a new state militia to do the job. The Constitution says we can, of course, and Democrats love the Constitution.

MikeinPRCA on September 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

The Obama Administration has a long history of interfering with Jindal’s efforts, & Jindal has an equally long history of publicly fighting back.

Who better than Jindal to carry our banner in 2016?
He personifies the superiority of conservatism over liberalism.

itsnotaboutme on September 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Jobs for union members trumps choice.

CW on September 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Jindal/Cruz ’16

Kafir on September 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Cruz needs to stay in the senate where he can continue to drive McCain insane…

Jindal/Pence or Pence/Jindal

Deafdog on September 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Well if those silly poor minority children get edumicated, they might run off the plantation.

watertown on September 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Hey, Gov Jindal….he doesn’t care.

But you know that already. He’s a transformational Progressive Socialist that wants to remake America.

Blacks love it when he blank slaps them, they are the abused spouse they keep coming back to.

“Come on Barack, I know you love me (yeah, you want to kill my babies, and stick me with permanent poverty and death panels, and bad schools, but you love me right?”.

PappyD61 on September 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I would love to see Obama explain to Louisianan’s how he supports public education…so much so that he sends his girls to public schools……kinda…..well, maybe not.

ctmom on September 30, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Why no discussion here at HA about the backroom deals Ryan is putting together on amnesty? It’s almost as if you’re ignoring the topic…

Mr. Arrogant on September 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Cruz needs to stay in the senate where he can continue to drive McCain insane…

Jindal/Pence or Pence/Jindal

Deafdog on September 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Agreed. But has Pence been sued by the Federal gov’t yet? You know you have arrived as a threat when the DOJ shows up with a lawsuit.

monalisa on September 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

At least Obama is consistent:

“Shut ‘em ALL down!! (school voucher programs, that is)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V34kYMm82oo

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/181391/how-obama-killed-d-c-school-voucher-program/veronique-de-rugy

First thing this NEA poster boy did after his first election was to stab his own race in the back, then expects them to vote for him(which they did!!!) Sad.

fred5678 on September 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

This administration blows.

changer1701 on September 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

This would return Louisiana to the prior status quo where families with the means to do so are free to move their children to the private schools of their choice, but low-income families are forced to remain behind in inadequate public schools to ensure racial balance.

And is anyone actually surprised by this? Did anyone really believe the Obama administration is motivated by compassion for the poor and minorities?

This has always been about exactly two things:

a) A sop to the educational lobby, who hate charter schools
b) An attempt to damage a Republican governor and potential candidate for president

The first thing Obama did when he took office was to end the charter school programs in DC. If it comes down to helping minorities or helping the NEA, let there be no doubt of the president’s priorities.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

“However, it takes time to fix some of our failing public schools that have been in disrepair for far too long — time that our children do not have. Our children only grow up once and every single child, no matter race or income level, deserves an equal opportunity to get a great education,” he writes.

Ah. The standard Republican attempt to invoke the rights of the individual.

I suspect that such a position will fall on deaf “It Takes A Village” ears.

unclesmrgol on September 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

The first thing Zero did was kill the voucher program in DC. The tribalism of the Black vote trumps even the future of their children. You just can’t cure stupid. This destructive thinking in the Black community is why, after 300 years, they’re STILL only 12% of the population. Supporting leaders that make killing their unborn a political plank, making “stars” out of modern day minstrels that tell them hard work is “acting white” and killing each other is “keepin’ it real.” This Democratic Party is far more vicious and damaging to Blacks than the one of George Wallace, and Bull Connor.

teacherman on September 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

So how long do we have to wait before the courts bitch-slap Barry BAMSTAHHHHH!!!!!!!! YOU DA MANNN BAMMMMY BABBBBYY !!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GadFan on ber 30,PM

cableguy615 on September 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Until and unless GovJ is willing to go the extra communicative step …that is now required in our political culture…to stridently, vehemently and personally call out the President and AG in public on the airwaves and across social media as not caring whether kids fail, choke, collapse and die, nothing will come of this.

Gov Jindal and his people need to be prepared to step in front of cameras every hour of every day it is necessary to do so and say flat out that “Obama and Holder straight up don’t give one shit about school kids because they want the little shavers to whither and die in failing schools run since forever by libtard teachers unions, and Obama cares far far more about ACORN and Golf than about the future of our nations’ yoot”, this issue/story does not advance into the broader public.

Sacramento on September 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM