Jindal Weekly Update

Governor Jindal went to Washington D.C. this week to join Former Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Tim Scott to call on the Obama Administration to drop their “cynical, immoral, and hypocritical” lawsuit threatening equal opportunity of education in Louisiana. The Governor also attended several major economic development announcements in the state and received exciting news that employment levels in Louisiana hit a record high.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Traveled To Washington D.C. Where He Joined Former Governor Jeb Bush And U.S. Senator Tim Scott To Call On President Obama To Drop His Lawsuit Against The Louisiana School Scholarship Program. Bobby Jindal is outraged over a Department of Justice lawsuit against a Louisiana school voucher program. The suit, which he (repeatedly) calls “cynical, immoral, and hypocritical” and the “worst misuse” of federal desegregation laws, aims to stop a program that allows poor students in failing schools to enter a lottery for a voucher to attend a better school. The program is an integral part of Jindal’s education agenda, which he’s been implementing in Louisiana since he was first elected governor in 2007. . . . And today he brought his fight to Washington. At a press conference just a few blocks from the White House…Jindal continued to argue his side, directing his message to Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder. “We’re going to fight,” Jindal said. “We’re going to go every step of the way to make sure that these children have a chance to get a great education. I repeat my invitation to the president and the attorney general. They need to drop this lawsuit.”

Fox News’ Juan Williams Opined That Governor Jindal Is Correct To State The Only Reason For The Department Of Justice Suit Is To Gain Favor With The Government Unions. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is on target when he calls the Justice Department suit a “political ploy.” Concern over giving poor black students a chance to get out of bad schools is certainly not the issue so it must be politics. As the governor recently said: “The Department of Justice is filing suit against the state of Louisiana – now listen to this – to force these children to go back to failing schools.” The politics of teacher union support for the administration seems to be the only explanation for why the administration would take a stand against better educational opportunities for black students.

U.S. Congressional Leaders Joined Governor Jindal’s Fight By Calling On The Obama Administration To Drop Their Suit. House GOP leaders came to the defense of school-choice advocates Tuesday, calling on the Justice Department to reconsider its legal opposition to a popular school voucher program in Louisiana that gives some students from low-income families the chance to escape failing education systems. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also planned to raise the stakes in the ongoing battle by traveling Wednesday to Washington for a news conference on what the two Republicans call the Obama administration’s attempt to “deny children in Louisiana an equal opportunity to get a great education.”

Governor Jindal Penned A Column For The Times-Picayune Praising The City Of New Orleans For Leading The Way In Education Reform. We didn’t start the process of reforming the New Orleans school system, but we are building on and supporting the good work started by our predecessors and countless local teachers, students and parents. In 2008, we took important steps toward remaking the New Orleans school system by working with the Legislature to approve a landmark scholarship program for low-income students in the city who were trapped in failing schools (a program that we later expanded statewide). . . . By championing education reforms that helped pave the way for a new and improved post-Katrina New Orleans, we have successfully laid the groundwork for improved student outcomes across our state. The hard work of students and teachers in New Orleans hasn’t just completely rebuilt a fledgling school system — it has inspired our entire state. We still have more work to do, but we are heading in the right direction and this generation has the chance to be our state’s best generation yet.

Governor Jindal Announced A Major Economic Development Win In Monroe With Wingspan Portfolio Announcing The Addition Of A Customer Service Center Which Will Create Over 500 New Jobs. Wingspan Portfolio Advisors of Dallas said Thursday it will create more than 500 new jobs during the next 10 years at the former JPMorgan Chase mortgage customer call center in midtown Monroe. . . . Wingspan also will retain all of the Chase employees it inherits — about 400 — in addition to the new jobs it plans to create over the next decade. . . . “It’s good news for Monroe and the state,” Jindal said. “Wingspan joins a growing list of companies choosing Louisiana, and its investment will support the economy for years to come.”

Bureau Of Labor Statistics Released Data Showing Louisiana Employment Levels Have Hit An All-Time High. Louisiana’s total nonfarm employment in August hit a seasonally adjusted all-time high after 38,900 jobs were added in the past year. According to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, total public and private sector employment in the state reached 1,958,600 in August. That tops the previous record set pre-Hurricane Katrina in June 2005. “These numbers are great news for Louisiana and continue to reflect the growth we hear about from employers across industries and in many parts of the state,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The state also set a record for private sector jobs, reaching a total of 1,613,900.

Governor Jindal Was On Hand To Announce A Steel Manufacturer Breaking Ground On A New Facility Expected To Create 675 New Jobs In Northwest Louisiana. A German steel manufacturer broke ground along Red River Monday…Local and state officials gathered with representatives from Benteler Steel at the Port of Caddo-Bossier to signal the start of construction on $957 million in facility investments. The manufacturer’s Shreveport plant is expected to create 675 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $50,000 and 1,540 indirect jobs. “We’re here today to break ground on a facility that’s literally going to change the face of northwest Louisiana’s economy,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal. “This 330-acre site was chosen over more than 100 other locations they looked at across the country, showing northwest Louisiana can compete with any other state, any other country for new investment and new jobs.”

First Lady Supriya Jindal Visited A School In Covington That Is Benefiting From School Supplies Given To Them By Her Foundation. It wasn’t a long walk, but it sure took Supriya Jindal a while Wednesday morning to make her way from her vehicle to the classroom, what with making sure to high-five seemingly every student who lined the sidewalk at Northlake Christian School near Covington. But Jindal, wife of Gov. Bobby Jindal, didn’t seem to mind. “How are you?” she asked one student, stooping to meet his outstretched hand. “It’s great to see you.” Jindal was on hand to visit a kindergarten classroom and watch the students and teachers put to use learning materials donated through her organization, The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children. Northlake teachers applied for a grant from the foundation, were notified they had received it, and shopped educational supply houses for the materials, said Missie Arnold, the principal of the elementary school.

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