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Meet the Radical Lawyers Suing Bobby Jindal to Block School Choice

August 25th, 2013 - 8:17 am

Personnel is policy, and the Obama administration knows it.  That’s why they hired swarms of committed leftist lawyers to populate the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Bobby Jindal and school choice advocates are finding out the hard way how it works.

Mike Flynn at Breitbart covers a lawsuit filed last week to block school choice in Louisiana by the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division. (Copy of complaint is here.)  The lawsuit alleges that school choice in Louisiana means too many white kids are going to private schools.  Never mind the fact that black children can do the same thing.

People regularly underestimate the enormous power held by radical bureaucrats.  People often wrongly assume Eric Holder or President Obama are masterminding these radical and absurd policies.  They are wrong. Holder and his downstream political appointees often only green-light radical legal theories cooked up by lifelong radicals.

So let’s meet the lifelong radicals attacking Bobby Jindal’s state education policies, as profiled in the PJ Media Every Single One  series.

Anurima Bhargava: Ms. Bhargava was hired as the new chief of the Section after working for the previous six years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Although her days were likely busy there, she managed to find time to make a $250 contribution to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. She also produced the “Jazz for Obama” concert back in October 2008.

During her tenure at the NAACP LDF she litigated cases across the country seeking to defend and expand the use of racial preferences and racial quotas in public secondary schools and universities. One of the highlights of her work was her coordination of the filing of amicus briefs and other advocacy efforts in support of two Supreme Court cases in which liberal coalitions insisted that local schools be permitted to assign public students to different schools on the basis of race. Fortunately, the Supreme Court rejected this argument as unconstitutional.

In remarks to the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues (yes, such a waste of time and money really does exist) just before joining the Justice Department, Ms. Bhargava described how imperative it was for schools to promote “integration and social cohesion” by considering race, language, immigration status, and religion in placement decisions. Imagine what your communities would be like if courts actually permitted government bureaucrats to engage in such racial engineering.

One wonders if she has even read the Constitution. This woman is running the Educational Opportunities Section.

When it comes to the rights of non-traditional minorities, like whites, Ms. Bhargava’s ideology of inclusion begins to crumble. Indeed, after the Bush Civil Rights Division negotiated a consent decree with Southern Illinois University to end racially discriminatory paid fellowships for which white graduates were told they were not eligible based on their skin color, Ms. Bhargava publicly blasted the decision as “hinder[ing] the legitimate efforts of colleges and universities to create equal educational opportunity.”

And some deniers still think this Justice Department will enforce the law to protect all Americans from racial discrimination.

Shortly thereafter, she was ironically honored for her aggressive battles to prevent state referendums (i.e., real democracy at work) opposing racial preferences. Once again, rights for me, but not for thee.

Her prior work experience includes a fellowship with the ACLU and service as the field director for the election campaign of ultra-liberal Democratic Congressman Steve Rothman of New Jersey. In addition, she remains a member (along with the militant Lani Guinier) of the advisory board of the Center for Institutional and Social Change, whose must-see website is testament to the detached dribble of left-wing activism. The group states that “through a multi-level systems approach, [its] research develops the capacity to sustain and ‘scale up’ initiatives aimed at building the ‘architecture of inclusion.’” It adds that its “collaborative projects develop frameworks, strategies, and roles designed to maximize the impact and influence of initiatives that advance full participation, innovative public problem solving, and institutional reimagination [sic!] — a set of linked goals we refer to as ‘institutional citizenship.’”

Now Ms. Bhargava gets to impose that Orwellian “institutional citizenship” on the rest of us from her new perch in the Civil Rights Division.

Anurima Bhargava

Anurima Bhargava

Torey Cummings: Ms. Cummings joined the Education Section as a trial attorney from a large private practice law firm, where she performed significant pro bono work representing terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay and death row inmates. This is a trend among new Holder DOJ employees. Never mind the fact every detainee can obtain a highly qualified federal public defender, these attorneys rushed to represent America’s enemies for free. She previously worked as a staff attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and as a project assistant at the Wellesley College Centers for Women, where she was able to utilize her social work degree.

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Mr. Adams, I pretty much read all of your posts on PJ Media, and thank you for your reporting, given your former DOJ career. It is very discouraging to me to know that the one place to seek remedy for the countless clear instances of racial injustice is the very place that one cannot expect the clear application of the law. General Holder is the equivalent of Hitler's SS: the law is what Obama says it is, and Holder will carry out that message and mission, regardless of the law.

This story about uber-liberals in charge of serious debate regarding education is simply another example of the left's determination to keep poor kids poorly educated. Let's face it, the Department of Education, since 1979, has nothing to show for its efforts and spending on those most in need of good teaching.

In fact, things are much worse, when employers who hire a "high school graduate" cannot expect them to be able to read beyond an eighth grade level, or perform simple arithmatic. I currently work with a high school grad who does not know that 2 quarter cups of flour equals a half cup. And the Obama administration wants them to go to college? To do what? Become a "navigator" for ObamaCare?

It is very frightening. Maybe we are, in fact, a "nation of cowards," not to push back HARD against what is an complaint DOJ protecting the obvious usurpation of executive power. But where, exactly does one turn when shouting at the gate of justice does nothing but result in laryingitis? Clearly, it is not the DOJ.
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Barry O’s guidelines

-I have a dream of an America where race riots black against white are underway.
-I have a dream of an America under Islam and Sharia law.
-I have a dream of an America that has gone bankrupt from government overspending.
-I have a dream of an America where I rule and citizens must comply.
-I have a dream of an America where no citizen is allowed to have a gun to protect themselves.
-I have a dream of an America where I and my leftist friends can control the public education system to continue the destruction of what were the American values.
-I have a dream of an America where every worker is in the union.
-Etc, etc
33 weeks ago
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And why is John Boehner and the House of Representatives funding this nonsense. They can stop it immediately, but they won't.
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I question Jindal's involvement with education since he has stated that he believes in creationism.
33 weeks ago
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choice is a misnomer, lets protect the separation of church and state
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I would also suggest that some of you take the time to look up the definition of Communism, Socialism, Fascism and other terms that are bandied about so "liberally" in here...Some of you sound like you are wearing tin foil hats...I joined this newsletter because a friend suggested it while we discussed trying to move our state party back to the Ronald Reagan era of political ideology... so far, I don't see anyone that isn't out of touch with reality or those of you that are paranoid ... We have become the Party of NO and the party of worst case scenarios... Federale mentions John Boehner and the House doing something...they spent 30% of the last legislative session naming post offices... they wasted almost $40 Million on votes they knew were not going to pass the Senate... Some one name a single Jobs bill that "CREATED" jobs since we took over the House...just one...I'll wait....
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Oh, dear goodness, let Mr Jindal's Louisiana law team win.

I attended school in New Orleans in the 80s. I'd transferred from Texas. I was the only kid in my 10th grade English class able to read. Not read well- READ AT ALL.

The best thing that ever happened to public schools in New Orleans was to be flooded out in Katrina, and then not re-opened.

It's not just students: I taught my 10th grade English teacher in New Orleans stuff I'd learned in 6th and 7th grade in Texas. If you know what a math genius that I am NOT- you'd be sickened, and appalled.

They need all the help they can get from anyone willing to step up- charters, private schools, homeschooling, all of it.

As for racialism: Master P is a product of a Catholic school serving a ghetto population. I don't know his votes, but his business is run very conservatively. If there's one business run like that, there can be others.
33 weeks ago
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From what I saw of the compliant, it is basically, "you can run, but you can't hide".

And I consider myself free to consider this another anti-Semitic decision of this administration.
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Communism is a live and well in the DOJ & Obama's administration & the STUPID Conservatives who DID not VOTE the maroon out in Nov must continue to suffer until the wake UP -if they don't in Nov 2014 and allow people like Holder or ACLU NAACP racial commies to get elected we will be FLUKED
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The moment the Radical-in-Chief took over the helm, and surrounded himself with AG Holder/Jarrett, was the moment that we all should have seen what transformation/change he had in mind. But some of us knew even BEFORE he took over!

Be that as it may, his administration is surrounded - in official capacities and otherwise - with ACTUAL revolutionary domestic terrorists, and that's a fact. Here is just some of the evidence - http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/bringing_down_america_a_review.html

Therefore, what are the chances that blocking school choice - where do they think they are, in a banana republic, that choosing options has to be fought? Rhetorical question.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
33 weeks ago
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"Choice" is the great enemy of the public school bureaucracy because it exposes the fact that the basic public school is the worst possible place to send a student if the object is any sort of education (other than PC indoctrination). This is why school districts even violate state laws to stop or delay charter schools, they know the result before it ever opens.

Home schooling is not the same threat level, few families can manage it logistically since it requires someone earning an income and a fairly well-educated person staying home to run the school. They do try to penalize these by restricting participation in extracurriculars (which many states mandate be made available to home-schoolers in the district, but once again districts treat the law as optional all too often).
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In Arizona charter schools come and go. They are frequently beset by problems concerning money. In some cases they are not a viable alternative to public schools.
33 weeks ago
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Doesn't require a "fairly" well educated person to stay home. The major prerequisite is that the one doing the teaching has to have a love for learning. My wife, High School Graduate, home schooled our two children. One is a IT supervisor the other is the senior programmer at his company. Her lack of a higher education did not hurt them at all.
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Chemman, you're falling into a trap in thinking that "well-educated" requires a college degree. Did your wife have some self-education that put her in that category, such as being a voracious reader?
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Great commendations for naming names. We need more naming names. Bureaucrats can't hide behind the taking orders cop out.
33 weeks ago
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We have these radicals, not only going after school choice, but also going after the State of Texas so they can't enforce voter i.d. These radicals also refuse to prosecute the New Black Panthers and disclose information about Fast and Furious. Finally, these radicals would eventually be tasked to prosecute IRS officials who went after tea party groups and illegally released donor information of Conservative Groups.

Does anyone have a problem with this? These are the same people who claim conservatives want to do this (yet they never do) yet, they're doing it and no one cares.
33 weeks ago
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I care. The question for us is what to do about it. Mr. Adams does research and widely publishes facts about these abuses. I don't do as much. Do you?
33 weeks ago
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Mr. Adams, I pretty much read all of your posts on PJ Media, and thank you for your reporting, given your former DOJ career. It is very discouraging to me to know that the one place to seek remedy for the countless clear instances of racial injustice is the very place that one cannot expect the clear application of the law. General Holder is the equivalent of Hitler's SS: the law is what Obama says it is, and Holder will carry out that message and mission, regardless of the law.

This story about uber-liberals in charge of serious debate regarding education is simply another example of the left's determination to keep poor kids poorly educated. Let's face it, the Department of Education, since 1979, has nothing to show for its efforts and spending on those most in need of good teaching.

In fact, things are much worse, when employers who hire a "high school graduate" cannot expect them to be able to read beyond an eighth grade level, or perform simple arithmatic. I currently work with a high school grad who does not know that 2 quarter cups of flour equals a half cup. And the Obama administration wants them to go to college? To do what? Become a "navigator" for ObamaCare?

It is very frightening. Maybe we are, in fact, a "nation of cowards," not to push back HARD against what is an complaint DOJ protecting the obvious usurpation of executive power. But where, exactly does one turn when shouting at the gate of justice does nothing but result in laryingitis? Clearly, it is not the DOJ.
33 weeks ago
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You are being generous. The majority (80%) of my chemistry classes (juniors and seniors) were reading at the 3-4 grade level. Granted I taught at a low-socioeconomic school district in S. Cal. However, talking to other chemistry teachers nation wide they were having the same issues even in the "good" school districts.
33 weeks ago
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Barry O’s guidelines

-I have a dream of an America where race riots black against white are underway.
-I have a dream of an America under Islam and Sharia law.
-I have a dream of an America that has gone bankrupt from government overspending.
-I have a dream of an America where I rule and citizens must comply.
-I have a dream of an America where no citizen is allowed to have a gun to protect themselves.
-I have a dream of an America where I and my leftist friends can control the public education system to continue the destruction of what were the American values.
-I have a dream of an America where every worker is in the union.
-Etc, etc
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101 thumbs up
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Liberal housing heaven- US Prisons, all are treated equal, only the guards have guns & they get FREE Housing & Free Medical and the guards are union in many states
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