Governor calls on the Department of Justice to drop voucher suit
POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:55pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — In the shadow of the nation's capitol governor Bobby Jindal is calling on the Department of Justice to drop their suit against the state's voucher program.
"There’s progress being made at the state level, at the state capitol level and I think people's lives are being impacted more by some of the decisions and policies being made there than what's not happening here in Washington D. C. this law suit makes no sense and should be stopped, for the kids," said Governor Jindal to a group of assembled press at the nation’s capitol.
The suit is looking to put a stop to Louisiana’s $45 million voucher program in districts where desegregation orders are still in place. It's something private school leaders across the state have said would force kids out of their chosen schools.
"10 of those students are here at Hosanna, and their parents have a better choice for education. To take that from them really hurts the children that you're trying to protect," explained Josh LeSage from Hosanna Christian.
Braylah Chaney is one of those ten, only a few months in to her first year at Hosanna Christian, she said she's loving her new school.
"I like it because it's a Christian school and I love going to church," said Chaney.
She added that she would be devastated if she was forced to leave if the federal government won an injunction against the program.
"I would just lock up in my room and cry," said Chaney, “because this school is better than my old school.'
Meanwhile, teachers unions and others are hope to see a win for the Department of Justice, reiterating their belief that it's time to put the millions in voucher dollars back in to the public school system.
"Governor Jindal believes that public schools are failing. What is he doing to fix them? The drain of money from the public system in to vouchers, that drain of money is not helpful in making sure our public system is the best that it can be," queried Debbie Meaux of the Louisiana Association of Educators.
Governor Jindal has not made it clear yet what the state will do to fight the injunction.