Less than 24 hours later, Kelley ruled that Jindal’s voucher program is unconstitutional. Period. I’ve read some commentary that suggests vouchers weren’t “unconstitutional,” only the way vouchers were funded. Sorry guys, same difference. This program was ruled unconstitutional, and no amount of rhetorical nitpicking works.
I was completely wrong about Judge Tim Kelley. His opinion was cogent, on-point, and objective. “It’s an incredible first step,” writes education activist Zack Kopplin, “Judge Kelley deserves praise and I hope the Supreme Court makes the right decision.”
That is true, but remember, this was just Round One.
And what does Gov. Jindal say, in his intense disappointment?
“The opinion sadly ignores the rights of families who do not have the means necessary to escape failing schools.”
Instead, Governor, you choose to ignore “the…families who do not have the means” by taking tax dollars paid by those families regardless of actual income out of the public schools in their neighborhoods to make which schools “better”?
Around 8:30 AM, the nola.com poll results surprised the shit out of me:
I guess it’s early.
This has probably been down since the voucher schools kerfuffle and horrid national press but when you click on “2012-2013 Participating Schools and Available Seats (Map by Parish)” at the LDOE website, you get an Error 404 page.