Republicans in the House are demanding that the Department of Justice explain it’s determination to shut down Louisiana’s school-choice program. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and John Kline and Todd Rokita from the Education and the Workforce committee write:
The department’s allegation that the Louisiana Program could impede the desegregation process is extremely troubling and paradoxical in nature. If DOJ is successful in shutting down this invaluable school choice initiative, not only will students across Louisiana be forced to remain in failing schools, but it could have a reverberating effect and cause other states to feel pressured to shut down similar initiatives that provide countless children the opportunity to receive a better education…Instead of undermining choice and opportunity in education, the administration should support state and local efforts to provide more education options… We strongly urge you to consider the effects of this poorly conceived motion on the very children you profess to be protecting.
We editorialized against the Obama administration lawsuit here.