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Nov 17, 2013
BATON ROUGE – Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a new brief, which indicates the federal government has abandoned its original request, and now is requesting that the Court order Louisiana to comply with a “process” that would force the state to provide an extremely broad array of information on the scholarship program. This new “process” would establish a procedure under which the Obama Administration could object to individual scholarship awards. Governor Jindal said this new filing shows the weakness of the federal government’s case.
Governor Jindal said, “This is a typical Washington move. Say one thing and do another. It is just compete deception, which we've come to expect.
“In reality, the Department of Justice’s latest filing shows the weakness of the federal government’s case. The department is now looking for a way out of a backwards lawsuit, yet their ultimate goal still remains – to stop parents from having a choice.
“Disguised by the Department of Justice as simply a new ‘process’ for the state, the federal government’s latest brief is full of daggers that would place a tremendous burden on the state, and in turn, on parents who want to take their children out of a failing school. The federal government’s message to parents is to ‘lawyer up,’ if they want a better education for their children.
“This maneuver by the Department of Justice reeks of the federal government’s intrusion. It’s clear that the Obama Administration literally wants to handpick schools for children. This is a gross overreach of the federal government.”