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Obama administration blocks Louisiana school voucher program

Fox News reports.

Excerpt:

The Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to help families send their children to independent schools instead of under-performing public schools.

The agency wants to stop the program, led by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, in any school district that remains under a desegregation court order.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the agency said Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to roughly 570 public school students in districts that are still under such orders and that “many of those vouchers impeded the desegregation process.”

The federal government argues that allowing students to attend independent schools under the voucher system could create a racial imbalance in public school systems protected by desegregation orders.

Jindal — who last year expanded the program that started in 2008 — said this weekend that the department’s action is “shameful” and said President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder “are trying to keep kids trapped in failing public schools against the wishes of their parents.”

The Justice Department says Louisiana has given vouchers this school year to students in at least 22 of 34 districts remaining under desegregation orders.

Jindal called school choice “a moral imperative.”

Vouchers are a way of helping poor, minority students to get a quality education by letting them choose to attend better schools – any school the parents choose.

This lady from the Cato Institute explains in a 5-minute video why vouchers are a good thing.

A longer video featuring John Stossel is here:

You can learn more about vouchers below.

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6 Responses

  1. Dismembering babies: Pro Choice!
    Choosing where the ones that didn’t get dismembered go to school: No Choice!
    Yeah, that makes sense.

  2. Claire says:

    I know this is a little off-topic but I think there is a larger issue here, namely that we should be paying to educate people at all. There is something about this that doesn’t sit right with me. It has always seemed to me that public education is seen as a good thing because the public at large believes that all people are educable. This is inherently incorrect. The majority should not be in schools and we should not be wasting our tax dollars on this. Not only that, this is yet another case of the wealthy subsidizing the poor: by and large, most of these minority students live in apartments and their parents contribute nothing in property taxes toward their education. As a property owner, I’m tired of wasting my money.

    (Please note that I make these comments about education as a former middle school and high school teacher.)

    • I agree with you. Most jobs don’t require a college degree. I don’t think that the people who choose to go to trade school or straight into the workplace should be subsidizing the degrees of people who just go to college and get average grades and come out with a pack of student debt and then get a job that doesn’t even require the degree.

      • Claire says:

        We’re on the same page concerning college degrees but my point is even more radical. I think that a majority of those in lower school shouldn’t be there. Education isn’t for everyone, in fact, it should only be for those who can really use it and those people aren’t as plentiful as most would like to believe. Beyond teaching basic reading and math skills, we are essentially paying for state-mandated daycare after a certain point (I would say about the fifth grade). These students are never going to understand beyond a certain basic level and I think it’s time we quit subsidizing them.

  3. eMatters says:

    Of course they banned it! They are anti-choice extremists. Unless you want to kill your baby.

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