This surfaced a few weeks ago, but it’s worth bringing up:
In Louisiana, there’s a new voucher system to help poor kids get out of failing schools. Students who come from households with income below 250 percent of the poverty line who are enrolled in public schools that have been rated C, D, or F by the state accountability system are eligible for a Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence—a voucher they can apply toward tuition at a private school of their choice.
Needless to say, the teachers unions aren’t thrilled about the prospect of kids bailing out of schools under union control and taking their funding with them. The union sued, but on July 10, a Baton Rouge court refused to stop the law from going into effect, so the teachers union launched Plan B: Bully private schools by sending them threatening legal letters, so that they will be afraid to accept students bearing the new vouchers. The union’s lawyers, Blackwell & Associates, sent out nastygrams to 95 private schools.
You can read the letter at reason.
This is pure legal thuggery. Any lawyers out there can comment, but I can’t imagine a school can be sued for participating in a legal, court-sanctioned state program. The unions are hoping that the private schools, most of whom can’t afford a legal fight, will buckle under the pressure and the voucher program will be gutted from within.
It’s a times like this I really wish Louisiana had a loser pays system. Imagine the teacher’s unions having to forget out legal funds to 95 schools they tried to threaten.