By MELINDA DESLATTE
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.