Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is now seeing his educational plan — one that allows vouchers to be used for private schools, even religious schools — come to fruition. After passage in the senate and a rules modification that allowed the bill to pass the House by just two votes, billions of dollars can now be funneled away from public schools that are performing poorly and into private and religious schools in the state.
Well, just as long as they don’t teach Islam.
The Associated Press reports:
Rep. Kenneth Havard, R-Jackson, objected to including the Islamic School of Greater New Orleans in a list of schools approved by the education department to accept as many as 38 voucher students. Havard said he wouldn’t support any spending plan that “will fund Islamic teaching.”
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“I won’t go back home and explain to my people that I supported this,” he said.
“It’ll be the Church of Scientology next year,” said Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin.
Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said the Islamic school withdrew its request to participate in the voucher program.
“They’re not interested. The system works,” he said.
Religious private schools already use their platform to encourage students and their parents to vote for or against specific issues or consider the faith’s leanings when it comes to picking candidates. Now, not only do they wish to use taxpayer dollars to fund the schools where this occurs, but want to discriminate over which type of religious schools should be able to receive the money?
The law, which passed the House 51 to 49 rather than the 53 votes usually needed to pass legislation, is expected to be challenged in the state’s courts.