UPATE: The usually liberal Washington Post agrees with me. Can this be the end of time?
This is bizarre: President Barack Obama's and Eric Holder's Justice Department is suing Louisiana to force some kids to stay in their failing public schools.
More specifically, the department wants to stop the state from issuing vouchers to parents who would transfer their children to better private schools because it upsets the racial balance of the failing schools.
Yet more specifically, freeing children from the plantation of rotten schools must not happen because it "impedes the desegregation process," Holder's department said in a filing. Hundreds, if not thousands, of students in 34 school systems would be kept in mediocre or bad schools unless a federal judge approved the transfers if Holder's petition is granted.
Under a statewide voucher measure called the Louisiana Scholarship Program some 5,000 low-income students in so-called C, D or F schools last school year received vouchers to attend better-performing, state-approved private schools. Louisiana Department of Education figures show that last year 86 percent of vouchered students came from D or F schools and 91 percent were minority children.
Only blind ideologues like those working for Obama and Holder are unable to see the irony of denying minorities an opportunity because racial head counts must come first.