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TALLAHASSEE, FL– On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court blocking school vouchers for Louisiana students. The motion seeks a permanent injunction ordering that, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the State may not award school vouchers to students who attend schools located in school districts operating under federal desegregation orders unless and until the state receives authorization from the appropriate federal court overseeing the desegregation case.
Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, released the following statement regarding school choice in Louisiana:
“This is another intrusion by the federal government on families’ personal decisions. Parents who wish to send their child to a better school should not have to seek approval from Washington.
“This move by the Obama Administration traps our kids with low expectations and low-quality schools, all in the name of protecting the system that continually fails these students. It is our moral obligation to ensure that every child has access to the best education available. America is a nation of opportunity and a quality education opens the door to opportunity.
“The Louisiana Scholarship Program has allowed low-income children to attend schools of their choice – a meaningful step forward towards providing a quality education for all children. Through programs like this, Governor Jindal and State Superintendent White have boldly worked to take a stand for students. Their leadership has expanded school choice options and helped thousands of low-income families gain equal access to education opportunities. Louisiana students simply cannot afford to regress back to the failing education status quo.”