Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday invited President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to visit with the parents of students getting school vouchers.
“I am sure you would agree that it is critical to sit down with parents and students who are enrolled in the program to discuss their experiences at the new schools and how it compares to the experience at their previous failing schools,” Jindal writes.
The governor’s invitation is the latest volley in his dispute over a federal lawsuit.
Holder’s department has asked a judge in New Orleans to require that students in some school districts win the approval of a federal court before they can get a state voucher to attend a private school.
The challenge contends that vouchers could upset desegregation orders.
The aid applies to students who attend public schools rated C, D and F and who meet income requirements.
About 8,000 students are getting the vouchers in the current school year.
The governor says the federal action would force children back into failing public schools.