The DOJ said it is not opposed to the voucher program in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio), insisting that it is only seeking information to ensure the state is in compliance with desegregation laws.
“We are neither opposing Louisiana’s school voucher program nor seeking to revoke vouchers from students,” the DOJ said. “When properly run, state and local voucher programs need not conflict with legal requirements to desegregate schools.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R.) said the move was nothing more than a “P.R. stunt.”
“While attempting to rebrand its legal challenge as merely an attempt to seek information about implementation of the scholarship program, the administration’s real motive still stands—forcing parents to go to federal court to seek approval for where they want to send their children to school,” Jindal said in a statement.
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