Posted: Sep 24, 2013 10:31 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2013 12:00 PM
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says a court battle with Louisiana over the state's school voucher program may be nearing an end, but Governor Bobby Jindal claimed they're pulling a public relations stunt.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department says the state has agreed to provide information to the federal government on the program. The Obama administration says the voucher initiative has hurt desegregation efforts.
According to the federal government, Louisiana had refused to provide data about the students who were benefiting from the voucher program and an analysis of how the program changed the racial composition of affected schools.
Jindal released a statement today calling the letter a stunt, and saying the Justice Department was asking for something they didn't have.
"The Obama Administration's letter is disingenuous," Jindal said in the emailed statement. "The administration claims the state is suddenly providing information, when in reality, the information the federal government is seeking does not even exist yet. And they know it."
Jindal has repeatedly called on the Justice Department to drop its legal challenge to the statewide voucher program, a key part of the governor's education reforms.