Jindal: DOJ’S Latest School-Choice Lawsuit Maneuver “Nothing More Than a PR Stunt”

Erika Johnsen, Hot Air, September 25, 2013

The Obama Justice Department’s relentless campaign to deny low-income and often minority children the opportunity to escape failing public school systems—capriciously and malignantly conducted under the guise of “protecting civil rights” and aiding the “desegregation process”—made its latest manifestation in Louisiana in August, when the DOJ asked a federal court to stop Louisiana school districts from handing out private-school vouchers.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been fighting the federal government’s blatantly ideological interference in his state’s education system, defending the positive program that has demonstrably bettered the opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged children and for which parents are clamoring. Regardless of the Justice Department’s latest claims in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, saying the state has agreed to hand over information that the DOJ has ostensibly been requesting about the program’s effect on the racial makeup of participating schools, Jindal insists that Louisiana and the feds are no closer to a resolution on the issue. {snip}

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And Jindal is capitalizing on the opportunity by making sure everyone in Louisiana is acquainted with the Justice Department’s perversity, scooping into his campaign funds to get the message out with an ad buy that will run for the next several weeks:

The Justice Department, however, apparently remains determined in their quest to undercut Bobby Jindal’s gumption in taking on the quagmire that is the public school system and its teachers unions, which is a damn shame for the many parents trying to get their kids out of its fail factories. Clint Bolick has more at the WSJ:

As part of its efforts to boost educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, last year Louisiana enacted the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program. The statewide program provides tuition vouchers to children from families with incomes below 250% of the poverty line whose children otherwise would attend public schools that the state has graded C, D or F. This year, roughly 8,000 children are using vouchers to attend private schools. Among those, 91% are minority and 86% would have attended public schools with D or F grades. …

If successful, the Justice Department’s motion could thwart school choice—not just vouchers, but charter schools—in hundreds of districts across the country that are still subject to desegregation decrees. And it would deprive thousands of Louisiana schoolchildren, nearly all of them black, of the only high-quality educational opportunities they have ever had.

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  • MekongDelta69

    You send black kids to any school – you destroy that school.

    • Spartacus

      That’s not true ! Think off all the great things they’ve created :

      • MekongDelta69

        Hey, hey, hey – don’t forget the ubiquitious mud hut with the thatched straw roof.

        Give credit where credit’s due!
        Nahmeen? Nahmsayin’?

        • Mud and thatching? Beavers invented that construction technique.

          • MekongDelta69

            Difference between Sub-Saharan blacks’ IQs and Beavers’ IQs?

            I’m in a generous mood this evening. I’m gonna go with 10 points for a thousand Alex.

          • Spartacus

            10 points in favor of the beavers, of course.

        • Heidi

          I don’t think you have come to grasp the disparity of wealth that occupied even European countries.

          The peasants of European Nations were so poor that they lived in dwellings that were made out of sticks, and a type of mud was applied to the walls. And yes it even had a thatched roof.
          “Braveheart” does a good job in showcasing the type of squalor the peasant class lived in.
          Caucasians forget that history, generally, is not written about the majority, as the peasant classes are what make up the majority in almost all European Nations. Instead history is generally written about those that sold themselves to the “Chosen people” or those that stood up against them.

          Let’s not “hate” on Blacks for the kind of “homes” they have had to live in. Their actions against people that are innocent says enough about their character.

          • MekongDelta69

            Partially true – except for the fact that you’re talking seven hundred years ago in Europe.

            Any part of Africa which has not been helped by the white man is like that today.

      • Jefferson

        That man looks more like an Aboriginal than a Sub Saharan. Aboriginal hair on average is less nappy than Sub Saharan hair. That man’s hair does not look very nappy for a darkie.

        • Spartacus

          It actually is an Aboriginal. But there’s really not that big of a difference in terms of achievement between them.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I’m on a roll now, aren’t I?
    Didn’t I just mention this liberal Affirmative Action democrat pretending to be a republican just yesterday in the ‘Prosperity Needs to Be Shared,’ Dem Says, as Energy Dep’t Launches Minority Outreach?

    In fact, why we are at it, let’s start calling this guy by his freaking real name:
    Piyush “Bobby” Jindal,

  • To me, “school choice” in the way Piyush and Conservatism Inc mean it is just as much of a PR stunt.

    What we have here is a rotten idea on one side and a junk lawsuit based on horrible legal doctrine on the other side. I don’t have a dog in this race.

    • Oil Can Harry

      “School choice” in the form of vouchers? Bad idea, leads to integrated schools.

      “School choice” in the form of charter schools? Good idea, often leads to segregated schools.

      • Except most of the charters are also failures, for the same reason that most of the black public schools are failures.

        • sbuffalonative

          Yes, every couple years, another ‘under performing’ black charter school in Buffalo has to be closed. Do the black parents care that their children’s school is failing to teach kid? No, they get angry and protest because ‘they’re closing OUR school’.

          • ThomasER916

            This is the problem with all blacks, and I would say Jews as well. They don’t look to the outcome, they look to the tribe. Did it make me rich? Then it’s good. Meanwhile, the entire country is broke because your tribe stole from those of us whose outlook is based on production and growth, not taking what someone else created.

      • Sue

        Don’t be fooled by charter schools. They allow the white kids to go on special floors or classrooms for math, science, etc. The rest of the day including gym is integrated with tribal members. They have special buses to take them to and from school. The trick here is to make failing black schools appear to be academically successful. A very dangerous situation especially for bright white boys.

        • Oil Can Harry

          Sue, I’m under no illusion that charter schools are much better than public schools no matter what snake oil salesmen like Geoffrey “Magic Negro” Canada say.

          However, there have been all-black and all-Latino charter schools
          that have been slammed by liberal bedwetters for “re-segregating our schools”. That’s the part I approve of.

          • sbuffalonative

            I agree. If blacks want to segregate themselves without looking like they’re conceding that integrated schools have been failures, I say let them have their schools. The only problem we have with them in Buffalo is that NY state keeps shutting them down because they are worse than regular public schools.

          • Yes, but a few blacks get rich off each charter school while paying lower wages to the teachers.

          • The problem is, those charters aren’t really “re-segregating” schools because but for the charters, those black and Hispanic students would be going to public schools that are mostly black and Hispanic.

  • jambi19

    You give every child a 3,000$ “voucher” tuition at all private schools across the entire state will go up 3,000$.

    • WR_the_realist

      As we’ve learned with health care, subsidize whatever you wish to make more expensive. Government subsidizes college education in various ways, and look how expensive that’s got.

  • Luca

    The government is in charge of education in this country because it wants to control the youth. Whoever controls the youth, controls the future.

    They are doing everything they can to turn our kids into idiots.

    • leftists are delusional

      I would precede idiots with indoctrinated .

      • bigone4u

        I would include the words leftist and miscegnationist in there too–turning kids into leftist indoctrinated misceganationist idiots. Think Miley Cyrus. Twerking and black boyfriends are part of the plan.

  • IKantunderstand

    Once again, straw man argument. It does not matter what school a low I.Q. student attends. He will never be a rocket surgeon. There is no way, low I.Q. Blacks and Hispanics, will ever accomplish anything of value. Can they be productive members of society? Of course. But, as technology advances, as everything is mechanized, run by computers. There will be less and less jobs for the “low” skill set. And, what then? The plans afoot, are already preparing people for the “global” economy. We Whites are having hordes of the unwashed, unleashed into our countries. We hear about an “American” committing a crime. We finally see this person, and we recoil, because they look nothing like any American we associate with that name. This is being done in Europe. You see someone described as English, German, French. But, they are not, are they? No, they are African, Arab, Indian, Chinese. Oddly, all those terms still mean something. They have not been diluted. No, the only ethnic groups that are being diluted, the only ethnic groups who are being forced to call outsiders as one of them, are White ethnic countries. If a citizen of China is called Chinese, you can bet that the person Is Chinese. However, if a citizen of England is called English, or a citizen of France is called French, or a citizen of Germany is called German, you, literally at this point, have no idea what ethnic background this person has. Then, you see the picture of the newest French tennis player, or English soccer player, and you say: “I’m sorry, but, no you are not French, etc.” Do think this is some kind of weird circumstance? Do you think that every colored country still has their identity intact, and we Whites do not, is an accident? I know most of this has been covered before. Some things are worth repeating.

    • Lost the URL, but I read today that something like 40 or so percent of America’s jobs will probably be replaced by technology only in the next 10-20 years.

      • IKantunderstand

        Exactly, QD. So, what in fact are we to do with all the low I.Q. people who will be replaced by technology? What, in fact, do you think will be done with all the people the “elites” decide don’t fit in? For whatever reason. We are up against powerful enemies. However, there is no reason in the world that the U.S. can’t survive, if we can make changes soon.

    • Greg Thomas

      If I ever moved to Japan or China, I would never be called Chinese or Japanese, no matter how long I lived there or how well I spoke the language. Most third world countries still understand the importance of ethnicity. As you stated, it’s only White countries being ordered to surrender our ethnicity to third world browns.

      Call them paper Americans or Europeans, because that’s what they are. Another Amren poster coined the term and I think it’s quite fitting.

  • White Mom in WDC

    There are no good schools, just good students. There are no good teachers, just good students. When to student is ready, the teacher will appear.

    • There are actually bad teachers. I was contemplating this today.

    • Katherine McChesney

      That sounds like some New Age blather…i.e. “If you build it, they will come.” But, if it makes you feel better….

      • White Mom in WDC

        You sound line a sarcastic old hag that needs to get laid.

        My point is this: if students want to learn, they will. Lincoln taught himself while reading under a tree. People are homeschooling across the nation. People are getting and sharing news in alternative sites rather than major media.

        If you want knowledge, you will find it.

        Now take that and stick it Kathy baby!

    • ThomasER916

      That’s a load of bullshit. There are plenty of good schools are bad students. South Africa is a prime example of the futile effort to teach the unteachable. You can teach a chimp to act human. You cannot teach a chimp to be human.

  • bigone4u

    My economics colleagues at the university were big believers ih school choice. It’s exactly like a religion–a religion in this case founded on irrational beliefs. Economics Professor John Merrifield even wrote a book on the subject, endorsed by Milton Friedman I believe. Merrifield is an eccentric sort of fellow, if you ever meet him at an educational or economics conference. Many of his theories are wacky.

    Jindahl is just another pol who latched on to Friedman, Merrifield, et. al and their voucher schemes, endorsed by other economists who worship Friedman. They can trot out data and tables showing you how great vouchers are. Of course, blacks who end up in private schools can be disciplined, which helps with their learning, but like others here have noted, IQ is the immovable constraint on black achievement. Vouchers cannot turn D’Wayne into Einstein, but the guys I knew believed it would happen. The bigger fools they are.

  • Sick of it

    Don’t forget Eisenhower and forced integration (at gunpoint).

    • I’d have shot my own officers before I did that.

    • jeffaral

      Eisenhower and Morgenthau wanted to exterminate the defeated Germans. Is Eisenhower of the same tribe as Morgenthau?

      • IstvanIN

        No he isn’t, but he was no friend of the Germans and no MacArthur.

        • Sick of it

          Eisenhower was called a terrible Swedish Jew while at West Point.

  • Brent Wood

    Every private school in the US should have at LEAST 30% of their seats RESERVED for black and hispanic kids by FEDERAL LAW… That’s the only way racist whites will learn to share the wealth they stole from the native americans.

  • SFLBIB

    “…the Justice Department’s motion could thwart school choice…”

    The Democrats are against any choice that doesn’t involve getting an abortion.

  • WR_the_realist

    It’s ironic. The Obama Justice Department is claiming that not having vouchers will help desegregation efforts — when the schools that parents want to get their kids out of are 100% black. Meanwhile, the white Louisianans who are paying to put their kids in private schools definitely do not want government subsidized black children there So all you CoCC members and Amren readers in Louisiana, let the Justice Department know how much you support their cause.

    • jackryanvb

      Well said. Libertarians are loons, always pushing some anti White program, with a free market spin.

  • Spartacus

    Why would they refuse money ? No one does that…

    And you have to stop sending them to private schools, and start home-schooling, it’s the best option .

    • jackryanvb

      The best home school teachers should expand a bit and star new private schools. Make the curriculum tough enough so Blacks won’t do it.

      • ThomasER916

        I think that’s the key. Focusing on high academic standards means it’s “unfair” for blacks.

  • jeffaral

    Republicans, including the Tea Party, are far more dangerous than Democrats.

  • Sighisoara

    I live in Louisiana too, and looking at the rapidly growing number of homeschool groups many parents seem to see clearly which way the wind is blowing.

  • jackryanvb

    More proof (as if any more proof is needed) that Libertarian loons are nearly as bad as the worst anti White lib/Leftists.

    The reason Whites go to the trouble and expense of sending their children to private schools is so that their children aren’t terrorized by poor Blacks. If this untouchable Shudra Indian LA Governor has his way, these same lower class Blacks will be given vouchers to terrorize White students in private schools.

  • Greg Fannin

    ‘140 years ago they were fighting in the civil war to preserve slavery’.

    I’m guessing you went to a public indoctrination centre for your (mis)education. In the U.S., we’ve yet to have a ‘civil war’ (look up the definition), unless one is referring to the battles currently raging in our cities and towns. The war fought 150 years ago was over secession, not to preserve slavery. Once again, this is easily proven with some very basic research … slavery in the North didn’t end until December of 1865 with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, about six months AFTER the fighting was over. Truth Teller? Not so much. A lie told a million times is still a lie, no matter how many people regard it as the truth.

    Please, people. Learn to read and reason for yourselves. Research.