House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court threatening the ability of parents to send their children to the school of their choice in Louisiana:
"Governor Bobby Jindal has made tremendous progress providing parents with more choice and education opportunity. It's disappointing to see the Obama Administration try to stand in the way of such progress and deny children access to a good education. Parents and students deserve better.
"We must remove the federal government as a barrier to a good education. We must give parents and students more choices and better options to escape bad schools and find ones that fit their needs. Throughout the country, I've met so many success stories, so many children who broke free from failing schools, and found terrific teachers, greater opportunity and now are achieving their dreams.
"On a visit to New Orleans, I met one mom, Essence Jackson, whose daughter Ma'loni participates in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. The idea that scholarships for children like Ma'loni would be in jeopardy is a tragedy. We have a moral obligation to help Ma'loni and all children succeed, especially those trapped in failing schools. Ensuring a good education for all children is our nation’s best hope at a brighter future, so I hope the Obama Administration decides to reconsider this terrible decision that will harm the children who most need our help."