On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a proposal to oversee Louisiana’s school-choice program. The proposal, if accepted, would give the DOJ the ability to veto scholarships given to children, which allow them to attend a school of their choice.
In November, the DOJ dropped its injunction against Louisiana’s school voucher program after failing to produce documents to prove that the program impeded the federally mandated desegregation process. However, in lieu of the injunction, the DOJ instead filed a proposal to oversee the program, requesting that the federal government have 45 days to review detailed information about all scholarship applicants — including their race and the race-makeup of the voucher schools they wish to attend — before the applicants are awarded their school vouchers. During that period, the federal government could veto any scholarship if they determined that it would unacceptably change the racial balance of the school the student was leaving or going to.
Most students who receive school vouchers in Louisiana are low- and middle-income minority students who, without the voucher, would be relegated to failing public schools.
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