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We want vouchers

Voucher supporters rally in front of Baton Rouge district court in Nov. 2012. The Justice Department says its desegregation vouchers lawsuit could end quickly -- but it's not quick enough for Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Lauren McGaughy, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Voucher supporters rally in front of Baton Rouge district court in Nov. 2012. The Justice Department says its desegregation vouchers lawsuit could end quickly — but it’s not quick enough for Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Lauren McGaughy, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Yes.  WE WANT VOUCHERS!  Our public schools are failing us and there’s nothing we can do about it.  AP classes are open to anyone who enrolls, transgender kids can use whatever bathroom they want and Inglewood Unified School District allocated a whopping $100k for their entire G.A.T.E. program for the 2013-14 school year.  Why should we be allowed vouchers?  Because Louisiana has them and plenty of Catholic schools to choose from.

Governor Bobby Jindal created the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) to address the educational needs of the residents.  Students in failing schools are allowed to take their vouchers and go to the school of their choice.  Many choose Catholic schools.

In CA we tried to get vouchers and the voters said nope.  Instead, the biggest scandal rocked LA County.  Catholic priests were found to be molesting students and the church paid out millions in settlements.  Catholic schools closed and the space was leased out to charter schools, who provide payments awarded through the Charter School Grant Program.  The program is administered by the US Department of Education.  Yep, the church is receiving taxpayers money.

In response to Gov. Jindal’s voucher program, the Obama Administration has filed a federal lawsuit against the state under the guise of desegregation.  Could this be why Jindal supported the shutdown?

2UrbanGirls spoke with representatives from the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (LaBAEO) about how the voucher programs are a violation of desegregation laws?  The LaBAEO responded:

LaBAEO     ‏@LaBAEO                7 Oct

@2UrbanGirls @TheJusticeDept Through the LSP families can access private schools and high performing public schools who opt in. 

 LaBAEO     ‏@LaBAEO                7 Oct 

  • @2UrbanGirls We believe neither of these claims to be true and that we should focused giving kids access to good schools.

When 2UrbanGirls responded, they passed our message on to their followers.

2UrbanGirls     ‏@2UrbanGirls                7 Oct

@LaBAEO @TheJusticeDept catholic schools closed in Cali and now house charters who pay rent using Fed grant $.  Are they too in violation?

             Retweeted by LaBAEO
The fundamental question is “should parents be allowed to choose the school that will receive their child’s ADA allotment”?
Additionally, were the Los Angeles area Catholic schools destroyed to prevent a voucher program from existing here?

 


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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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