On Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana and participated in an education roundtable with local education leaders and families. During his visit, Leader Cantor highlighted Governor Jindal’s education reforms and focused on federal education policies and their impact on our students.
Here’s are some highlights from Leader Cantor’s visit and discussion on education:
From WWLTV: “House Majority Leader Cantor Focusing On Education In New Orleans Visit”
He arrived around 10:30 a.m., took a tour and headed to the roundtable with local education leaders and officials with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, including the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Jan Lancaster. Here's what Cantor had to say: “That’s really why we’re here, to explore what has been gained in terms of the experience, and to see how we can learn from this at the federal level so we can help kids across the country like those being helped here by this tremendous program that Governor Jindal’s put in place together with the Archdiocese and the local school effort here in New Orleans.”
From The Times Picayune: “Eric Cantor Touts Gov. Jindal’s Voucher Policies During New Orleans Visit”
"We're in New Orleans because education reform has really taken hold here," Cantor said, surrounded by parents and educators from St. Mary's Academy as well as representatives from the Recovery School District, Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options, a pro-school choice advocacy group. "That's really why we're here -- to try explore what has been gained in terms of experience, to see how we can learn from this at the federal level so we can help kids across the country like they're being helped here by this tremendous program that Gov. Jindal has put in place," Cantor added.
From The Baton Rouge Advocate: “Majority Leader Cantor Tours St. Mary’s In New Orleans”
“We’re struggling in Washington with education and making sure we don’t leave anyone out,” he said. Parent Corinne Celestine told Cantor that being able to send her daughter to St. Mary’s with the voucher is “truly a blessing — I do want what’s best for my children, but sometimes you do need help.” Celestine said she could not work for health-related reasons. …Cantor said that Jindal’s program proves that parents “do have and should have the right to a quality education.” He said he wants to take back to Washington the concept of successfully making the money follow the children.