Louisiana vouchers ruled unconstitutional. Jindal calls ruling “a travesty”


by David Safier

Louisiana's school voucher law that began operation this school year was ruled unconstitutional in District Court. The ruling will be appealed.

Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't happy. Channeling Woody Allen in Bananas, Jindal called the ruling "wrong headed and a travesty." If he were a true Woody-file, he would have continued,

"It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham. I move for a mistrial."

Watch the clip below the fold.



  1. What is so surprising and delightful about the ruling is the judge who gave it. Judge Tom Kelley had such a history of involvement with the Jindal Administration that Lamar White, the blogger who has been the driving force behind exposing the insanity went ballistic when the Judge announced that he ‘wouldn’t need post-argument briefs’ because he was sure he’d be able to rule right way. It seemed obvious ‘the fix was in’ and White did everything but call on the judge to recuse himself. Then Kelley came down with a ruling this strong against the system, ‘Judge Kelley’s 39-page decision represents the most significant ruling to date on the constitutionality of diverting Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) dollars to fund Jindal’s experimental and controversial “school voucher program.”’

    And fpr those of you who haven’t been following the story, this is a bit worse than the sort of charter schools programs David has been chronicling. Your schools rip off the state, sure, and give, usually, a second-rate education, but it’s at least a real education. They don’t teach things like this, quoting White again:
    some of whom have already attracted national media coverage for their adoptions of a radically religious right education: Evolution is fake; fossils are God (or Satan?) tempting our faith; the Loch Ness monster is training right now with Michael Phelps; when Noah built the ark, he rounded up a series of 10 ton dinosaurs.

    That’s not an exaggeration, if you’ve had a chance to read White, Zack Kopplin, or Rachel Tabachnick on the schools and textbooks involved, you’d see state money being poured into schools using Creationost textbooks, (yes, including using the Loch Ness Monster as evidence for it) textbooks that teach paranoiac views of liberalism, that defend ‘Christian nation nonsense’ etc.

    For a good discussion of just what these schools — and others using the same textbooks — teach, there are several versions of an article by Tabachnick that discusses them, point by point. Here’s a fully footnoted version. Just a couple of quotes on fields other than creationism:
    The textbooks’ position on social issues are virulent anti-gay, similar to those of Religious Right organizations (heavily funded by Betsy DeVos and family) that have been labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and they are fiercely anti-abortion; but they also teach a radical laissez-faire capitalism. Government safety nets, regulation, minimum wage, and progressive taxes are described as contrary to the Bible.


    The textbooks exhibit hostility toward other religions – Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, traditional African religions, and Native American religions – and other Christians are also targeted, including non-evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics.


    The term liberal is associated throughout all three series with moral decline. For example, under the subtitle “A Liberal Supreme Court,” an A Beka eighth-grade text reads, “the Supreme Court made several liberal decisions in the 1970s, indicating the moral decline of the nation as a whole.”1 Another A Beka text states, “Modern liberalism has had many tragic consequences – war, tyranny, and despair – for mankind.”2

    An A Beka government text describes Roe v. Wade. “Ignoring 3,500 years of Judeo-Christian civilization, religion, morality, and law, the Burger Court held that an unborn child is was not a living person but rather the “property” of the mother (much like slaves were considered property in the 1857 case of Dred Scott v. Sandford).”3

    Both Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education are described as social activism by the Supreme Court. The Bob Jones texts states, “While the end was a noble one – ending discrimination in schools – the means were troublesome.” The text continues, “liberals were not willing to wait for a political solution.”4

    A Bob Jones current events text argues against legal protection for homosexuals, stating, “These people have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists.”5 Another Bob Jones text uses an often-repeated phrase that homosexuals and abortion-rights supporters are “simply calling evil good.”6


    Paterson points out that more emphasis is put on slavery as “a cause of civil unrest and radicalism than on the institution itself.” Concerning slavery in America, an A Beka text states, “A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”9

    The evangelizing of slaves and Native Americans is emphasized in a chapter dedicated to mission work in the A Beka text. It states, “To help them endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave Christian slaves the ability to combine the African heritage of song with the dignity of Christian praise. Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is from the bondage of sin. By first giving them their spiritual freedom, God prepared the slaves for their coming physical freedom. “

    This decision, and Judge Kelley, deserve a special toast at the next Drinking Liberally — and I wonder how many AZ people are tryin g to slip teachings like this under the wire as well.