Jindal likens Obama administration to segregationists

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday evoked half-century-old images of school segregation, accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of attempting to "stand in the schoolhouse door" to stop minority and low-income students from attending charter schools. (The Washington Post)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday evoked half-century-old images of school segregation, accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of attempting to “stand in the schoolhouse door” to stop minority and low-income students from attending charter schools.

“We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools,” Jindal said.

The “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” took place in 1963, when pro-segregation Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood at the door of the University of Alabama to prevent two black students from attending class.

As governor, Jindal has made education reform one of his signature policy agenda items, pushing in particular for vouchers for poor students to attend charter schools.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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