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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., spent part of Monday again promoting greater flexibility for students and parents in choosing their schools.
At the Freire Charter School in Philadelphia, Cantor took on the U.S. Justice Department for bringing suit against Louisiana over a program that allows low-income students in poorly performing schools to attend private schools through taxpayer-funded assistance.
The Justice Department seeks to block vouchers from being distributed in school districts still operating under federal desegregation orders, Cantor said, adding that Justice argues that the program will impede progress made with integrating public schools.
Cantor called the argument “absurd” and said “an overwhelming majority of the students who receive the scholarships and benefit from this program are minority children from low-income families,” according to prepared remarks.
Cantor called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to withdraw the lawsuit and said that if he does not, the House of Representatives will take action.
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