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Kline, Rokita Applaud Developments in Louisiana Private School Choice Lawsuit

House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice dropped its injunction against a private school choice program in Louisiana:

We are pleased the Department of Justice has started to reverse course on its misguided lawsuit against Louisiana’s successful school choice program. At a time when we need to promote choice and opportunity in education, any effort by the Obama administration to prevent low-income and minority students from participating in these programs is extremely troubling. The House Education and the Workforce Committee will continue to monitor this case closely.

In September House Republican leaders sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting detailed information about the department’s lawsuit, including an explanation of how its attempt to revoke scholarships and eliminate education choices will help low-income and minority children access better education opportunities. Additionally, the leaders asked for all written correspondence between the department and the administration – as well as correspondence between the department and outside interest groups – regarding the Louisiana Program. Portions of the administration’s response are still pending.

To read the letter, click here.

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