BATON ROUGE - Hours before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a new legal brief in the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Louisiana's school choice program suggesting that the government should be handpicking schools for children based on race. However, the Department of Justice admitted in its legal brief that it continues to have no evidence that the Louisiana Scholarship Program violates desegregation orders.
Governor Jindal said, "The Department continues to admit it has no evidence the scholarship program violates desegregation orders, yet the Obama Administration is also continuing to suggest that the government should determine if a student is the 'right' race before parents can choose a school for their children.
"The federal government's latest report shows just how far federal bureaucrats are willing to go to control the choices of Louisiana parents. The Department's report shows that in 15 public schools, just one percent of the state's total, the racial composition of the student body may have changed by a miniscule amount. Never mind that nearly 7,000 low-income mostly minority students are now learning in the school of their families' choosing thanks to this program. It's time for the federal government to end this charade and cede school choice to Louisiana parents.
"President Obama's Department of Justice has a fundamental misunderstanding of Louisiana's school choice program. The Department believes that the state assigns students to these schools. In reality though, the program is designed to empower parents and let them choose where to send their child.
"Instead of continuing the failed policy of forcing students to stay in failing schools, the Obama Administration should just admit that parents know better than government bureaucrats what's best for their children."
Copyright 2013 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.