JOINT STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION JOHN WHITE AND BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION PRESIDENT PENNY DASTUGUE

Jul 26, 2012
Reference: Letters from Teachers’ Union Lawyers to Participating Nonpublic Schools

BATON ROUGE, La. - Wednesday, the First Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for an injunction filed by a teachers’ union seeking to halt the Louisiana Scholarship Program, interfering with offering parents the opportunity to make the best choice for the education of their children.  The Louisiana Scholarship Program is a critical component of the Louisiana Believes plan, which at its core empowers those closest to children to make the choices they feel are best for students.   A legal representative of a teachers’ union is stooping to sending threatening letters to schools participating in the program warning of legal action for accepting money as part of the program.

"While we are happy for Louisiana’s children that the ruling allows them to attend the school their parents think best, we find the kind of scare tactics used by the plaintiff to be shameful, " State Superintendent of Education John White said. "Trying to prevent people from doing what’s right for their children is bad enough. Doing it with no basis whatsoever is disgraceful. School starts in three weeks. It’s time to put politics behind us and start focusing on our kids."

"This is outrageous. We encourage participating schools to ignore the LAE’s absurd actions and to move forward with providing children the opportunity their parents have decided is best for them," Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Penny Dastugue said.

To read a copy of the letter sent to participating schools in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, please click here.

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