Mann: Where is state voucher money actually going?
Bob Mann gives a little context on the Jindal Gold Standard of accountability and ethics, especially in light of his DOE’s squandering of at least $600,000 MFP dollars on a sham “school” through the corrupt and unconstitutional voucher program:
Would you pay $6,300 in tuition to send your child to a private school with uncertified teachers, insufficient computers and no proper classrooms, and at which the “teaching” occurred mostly by plopping students in front of televisions to watch lessons on DVDs? Of course you wouldn’t. But the Louisiana Department of Education would.
And worse, White continued to lie to Louisiana about the results of “independent” audits conducted of the voucher schools. While the audits were mostly incomplete, White trumpeted them as absolving the voucher schools of corruption. Quite the opposite:
In fact, the audits revealed that the afore-mentioned standard “could not be completed for forty-nine of the fifty-one private schools reviewed.” One audit is littered with the following statement, concerning the records of dozens of voucher schools: “We were unable to perform the procedures because the school did not have a separate checking account or other procedures to account for scholarship expenditures separate from other expenditures.”
Most of the schools were also unable to verify that their “expenditures do not constitute gross irresponsibility and are not individually enriching.” These are not insignificant findings except, apparently, to White. The state will spend about $45 million in the current fiscal year on vouchers for about 8,000 students.
To suggest that the audits uncovered “no violations” is a bit like saying that since I didn’t file my taxes for the past five years, and because the IRS can’t yet determine if I actually paid any taxes, there’s no problem.
For those “accountability” and “excellence” loudmouths in the Education reform movement, this should serve as a bitter pill of irony. White’s lack of accountability is embarrassing. And he should pay the price.