Holder’s Message to Louisiana Kids: Do as We Say . . . Not as We Do

August 30th, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to bring a lawsuit against a Louisiana voucher program designed to give poor families the option of moving their children from underperforming schools to private schools is yet another example of the arrogance of the elites.

Evidently, the National Education Association doesn’t like the law which provides an escape for these children from failing schools. Since its passage, the NEA has tried multiple avenues to thwart the voucher program without success. So in rides the Department of Justice to the NEA’s rescue giving the union exactly what it wants which is essentially to kill a program parents and students seem to like.

Rather than deal with the merits of the actual voucher program, the lawsuit professes to stop the delivery of vouchers to students in schools subject to federal desegregation orders because it allegedly violates the law.  According to the lawsuit, “many of those vouchers impeded the desegregation process.”  Why?  Because by removing minority students from schools, the federally mandated balance between white students and minorities is thrown off.  Some schools are left with a white majority of students in a failing school.  Evidently, that defeats the purpose of desegregation.  Forcing these poor minority children to stay in these bad schools keeps the percentages in accordance with the law.

So how does all of this affect the actual education of these children?  No one at the DOJ seems to care.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this nonsensical approach to public education. Many of the people in Washington, D.C. making these decisions send their own children to private schools.  Some of the public schools in Fairfax and Montgomery counties surrounding D.C. are on par with many private schools elsewhere in the country.  President and Mrs. Obama send their daughters to one of America’s best private schools, Sidwell Friends.  Whether poor kids in Louisiana get a good education or not can’t possibly resonate with the crowd inside the Beltway who have some of the best schools in the country to send their children to—public or private.

While it may not personally affect these people, it still affects them in a broader sense.  In fact, it affects every one of us.

Education is the first key in creating upward mobility in society. Studies show that learning habits and fundamental skills are locked in by the time a child finishes third grade.  Every year after that is increasingly difficult for kids who don’t have this solid foundation.

We all suffer when children aren’t properly educated.  A lack of a good education leads to increased dropout rates which in turn can result in incarcerations, dependency on welfare, or both.

It’s truly pathetic that any political party would pander to a constituency of supporters (in this case the NEA) at the expense of the wellbeing of its citizens, but that’s exactly what Eric Holder and the DOJ are doing in this case.

The Louisiana school voucher program is just another in a long line of examples of this sort of thing.  Remember all the waivers unions and FON’s (Friends of Nancy) received from ObamaCare requirements? What’s good enough for the majority of Americans evidently is not good enough for the people wielding all the power.

Hopefully, this lawsuit will fail and poor children in Louisiana will once again have the opportunity to receive a quality education.  Otherwise, in the end, everyone suffers.