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November 29 08:05 AM

Gov. issues statement on Dept. of Justice school choice lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Bobby Jindal released a statement last Friday following a hearing on the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against Louisiana’s school choice program.

The judge ordered the state and Department of Justice to work on a process that ensures the scholarship program is not funding segregated private schools. The state already en sures that state aid does not flow to segregated private schools. The judge also said he does not want to disrupt the scholarship program and acknowledged data, which show the program does not have a negative impact on desegregation.

Jindal said, “We’re pleased the judge acknowledged that data provided by the state show the program does not have a negative impact on desegregation. We are also glad the judge made clear he does not want to disrupt the scholarship program. The judge has indicated he wants both parties to determine a process that does not allow the scholarship program to send state aid to segregated private schools. The state already ensures that the scholarship program does not provide state funds to segregated private schools.

“We will draw a hard line against allowing the federal government to control the scholarship program and handpick schools for Louisiana’s children. No parent should have to get the president's permission – no matter which party that president is in – just to put their kid in the school of their choice.”

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