Vitter Calls Dropping Part of Louisiana School Voucher Lawsuit a Temporary Victory

Press Release

Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: K-12 Education

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Justice Department's decision to drop part of its lawsuit against Louisiana's statewide voucher program. DOJ dropped the request for injunction that would have blocked 570 children from going to the school chosen by their family.

"Education needs to be about giving all of our students the best possible opportunity, not about reaching federal quotas determined by bureaucrats in Washington," Vitter said. "I'm relieved that the Justice Department has decided against this particular attack on Louisiana parents and students, but this is a temporary victory. We still need to ensure that families are the ones to ultimately decide where their children will go to school, not some Washington bureaucrat or some executive order. That's the end goal we need to continue working toward."

On October 24, Vitter and 29 other U.S. Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to justify the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against Louisiana's statewide voucher program.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program grants low-income children the opportunity to escape failing public schools and attend a different school chosen by their parents. Last year, the program helped over 5,700 children and raised test scores -- all while saving taxpayers $18 million dollars. More than 90 percent of the students who have benefited from the program are minorities.