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Apr 08, 2014
Gov. Jindal: Ruling in DOJ Suit is a Win for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle issued an order in the U.S. Department of Justice suit against the Louisiana School Choice Scholarship Program.  The Judge’s order is a win for children and parents in Louisiana who deserve access to an opportunity for a better education.  The order did not grant the request by President Obama’s Department of Justice for veto power over individual scholarship awards as the Justice Department had initially demanded.  

Most importantly, the information sharing process ordered by the Judge should not impede the Scholarship Program.  However, the state will remain vigilant to ensure that the information sharing process will not be used by the Department of Justice as a means to impede the Scholarship Program through future litigation.   

Governor Jindal said, “Today is great day for school choice and access to an opportunity for a better education for all Louisianians. I am pleased that the court rejected President Obama’s Justice Department’s attempt to establish a review period where bureaucrats in Washington would be able to reject scholarship awards solely because the child is not the ‘right’ skin color.

“I am also pleased that the court did not issue a ruling that would obstruct the state’s established process of awarding school choice scholarships.  This is a win for children and their parents who want to have the choice of escaping a failing school.
“We have learned from this lawsuit the potential dangers of federal government overreach in K-12 education.  We will remain vigilant that the Department of Justice will not take advantage of the information sharing process and use it as means to further obstruct school choice.   We will continue to oppose any attempts to impede children and their parents from being able to escape failing schools and have access to better educational opportunities.”
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