Jindal Says Education Overhaul is a 'Moral Imperative'

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gov. Bobby Jindal opened the first legislative session of his second term Monday afternoon, telling a newly elected Legislature that his effort to remake primary and secondary education in Louisiana is a moral issue.

"The moral imperative to improve education is more than an economic one," Jindal told a joint session of the House and Senate. "The moral imperative to improve education goes to the heart of the American Dream."

He added: "We have a chance to shape the kind of future we leave behind for our children and grandchildren. I believe like every generation before us, we have an obligation to leave this state better than we found it."

Jindal, who had increasingly icy interaction with legislative leaders over the course of his first term, received a warm reception from the new Legislature, which saw significant turnover in the rank-and-file and in nearly all key leadership posts.

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