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Nov 01, 2013
BATON ROUGE – Governor Jindal welcomed the news today that President Obama will visit New Orleans next Friday, and the Governor reissued his invitation to the President to visit a school and meet with parents participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program.
On September 30th, Governor Jindal invited President Obama to Louisiana to meet with parents participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program to explain why the U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state and trying to force children back into failing schools. Read the original letter here.
Statement from Governor Jindal:
“While he is here, President Obama has an opportunity to see how our education reforms are working and witness the incredible turnaround that has occurred in the New Orleans school system as well as our results statewide. High school graduation rates have hit an all-time high, Louisiana is a national leader in student improvement at charter schools, and student performance is up at K-12 public schools statewide, to name a few.
"Unfortunately, despite our recent achievements, President Obama’s Department of Justice is attempting to impede our progress and put a stop to equal opportunity in education in Louisiana.
"As the President surely knows, his Department of Justice has sued the state of Louisiana in an attempt to impede school choice and force students back into failing schools.
"I invited the President to Louisiana recently to meet with parents and visit a scholarship school. He never responded. I am renewing the invitation today and hope the President accepts. Parents deserve to have their voices heard.
"I know he would agree that it is critical to sit down with parents and students who are enrolled in this program to discuss their experiences at the new schools and how it compares to the experiences at their previous failing schools.
"In the 2010 State of the Union address President Obama said, ‘one of the best anti-poverty programs is a world-class education… the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than their potential.’
"I agree that the way to grow the economy and our workforce is by offering every child the opportunity to get a great education. This means putting the needs of students above government unions.
"I hope the President accepts this invitation. Thousands of parents should have their voices heard.”