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APNewsBreak: Jindal invites Obama for school visit

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By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking President Barack Obama to check out Louisiana's voucher program firsthand, saying the visit would make him reconsider an administration lawsuit against the program.

Jindal was sending a letter Monday to the White House, inviting Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to a private school in the voucher program, to meet students and their parents.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the governor's letter.

Holder's Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking to bar Louisiana from awarding future vouchers to students who otherwise would attend public schools under federal desegregation orders - until getting clearance from a federal court.

The Justice Department argues that vouchers can impede desegregation efforts.

Jindal calls the lawsuit an attempt to force children back into failing schools to appease teacher unions.

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