Cantor: New Orleans children deserve better from Obama

Posted by Anita Kumar on November 8, 2013 

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President Barack Obama speaks at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas on Nov. 6, 2013.

LOUIS DELUCA — Dallas Morning News/MCT

President Barack Obama is off to New Oreleans Friday to tour the port and talk about the need for infrastructure improvements there and across the nation.

But at least one prominent Republican thinks he should be talking about something else too.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is calling on him to address the Justice Department's recent lawsuit to try to stop the state from awarding vouchers to students who attend schools located in districts that are still under federal desegregation orders.

"It is inconceivable to me why the president would visit New Orleans and ignore the at-risk children he is harming with his lawsuit against Louisiana," Cantor, R-Va. said,

Cantor toured one of the schools participating in the program on a trip to New Orleans on Monday.

"These are good kids, thriving in a better school environment and making the most of this opportunity," he said. "These kids deserve better from President Obama."

The program, created in New Orleans in 2008 and expanded to the rest of the state in 2012, provides financial assistance to low-income families who want to transfer their students out of failing schools.

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