“Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be back in New Orleans. I’m here with Brian and Niyla and the fifth grade class here at Good Shepherd. I’m here as a Congressman from Virginia, as the Majority Leader in the United States House of Representatives, to continue to promote examples like Good Shepherd of school choice.
“Many kids such as these behind me and with us today don’t have the same opportunities as students at Good Shepherd. For many millions of kids, we need to come to the rescue and provide school choice across the country. I really hope that when President Obama is here in New Orleans this week, that he will take the time to come to Good Shepherd – to come and see what a school like this does for these kids. Make no mistake about it, these are at risk kids, who without the guidance of nurturing faculty and administration here at Good Shepherd, would not have the opportunity of a successful future the way they will because of this school. I sure hope the President will take the time to come and see this example.
“Since I was here in March of this year, I have been around the country in several other cities to take a look and see what’s going on with the education reform movement in America. I have not seen progress like I have seen progress here in New Orleans. Much of the credit is due to people on the ground at schools like this, and certainly to Governor Jindal and his vision to try and help folks – families and kids at risk – deserves a lot of credit as well.
“I was recently in Philadelphia at a charter school, and I commented and referred back to the words of Martin Luther King. During his efforts in the struggle for civil rights in this country, he spoke of the fact that the arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice. There is no doubt in my mind that this is justice. Education choice and giving kids an opportunity to attend a school like Good Shepherd is justice.”