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#CommunistCore LIVES!

from the Advocate

The worst possible picture of each of these three gents. Thanks to the Advocate for this one.

So far, the forces of righteous freedom have failed to convince any court that #CommunistCore is a threat to humanity. According to the Advocate, the Jindal Admin’s “suspension” is gone and the horrid hellscape of high standards currently torturing our children will continue for the time being:

District Judge Todd Hernandez cautioned that the judicial branch should “rarely, if ever” enjoin the executive branch of government, but said the evidence he heard in the case Monday left him with no other choice.

“As it stands in Louisiana today, according to the law, students in the fourth grade will take some form of high-stakes leap test at the end of the 2014-2015 fourth-grade school year and each of these students must perform to a certain standard in order to be promoted to the next grade,” the judge wrote.

“However, the evidence presented at the hearing of this matter proves that the content of these assessment tests to be issued to these students as well as the materials needed for teachers to prepare these students for these tests are unknown; therefore, the evidence is clear that this state of the unknown has caused anxiety and other harm to the parents, teachers, administrators and students in Louisiana,” he said.

“Plaintiff’s harm is time and the loss thereof. The loss of time is irreparable.”

Oh, but what about da children!

White To Be Slapped With Ethics Complaint

In the wake of a rough couple weeks for Johnny White, word is that he will be slapped with an ethics complaint next week. The story has now hit the Advocate:

A longtime critic of state Superintendent of Education John White said Friday she and others plan to file an ethics complaint next week naming White and four members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The complaint will also delve back into the saga of BESE member Kira Orange Jones, who somehow holds the dual position of head of Teach for America (TFA) in Louisiana while also serving on the board that approves TFA contracts. No ruling on TFA, but that whole arrangement seems about as corrupt as possible. But we digress.

Jones’ election in 2011 was key to the appointment of John White as Superintendent, assuring that Bobby Jindal had a super-majority on the BESE board in support of White.

It’s all coming apart for the smug ed reform crowd, isn’t it?

“But what about the children!” – said everyone disingenuously. 

 

The Persecution of Johnny White

This has been a rough few months for ed reform beauty queen John White. Super White has often been the belle of the ball around these parts, winning praise over the years from widely diverse constituencies, from liberal education reformers in New Orleans, to conservative business elite the state over. He leads a cult of young, idealistic followers at the DOE, many of which are religiously devoted to data-driven education revolution. White’s ascension to Superintendent, with massive infusions of money to swing BESE races in his favor in 2011 (including hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg money to elect pro-White BESE members, as chronological at this anti-Common Core blog) has been swift. His fall might be swifter.

White’s been able to deal with criticism before, including getting an LPB reporter fired for negative reporting on education reformUnfortunately, White has run into a rough patch from which no amount of his own bs jargon or political hatchet work can extricate him. 

Since last year, Bobby Jindal has been ratcheting up his rhetoric against Communist Core, the hated red takeover of public education that threatens to teach our kids that socialism union hordes should be able to forcefully gay marry anyone they want while burning the American flag and singing the French national anthem. Here’s Jindal crossing over to the dark side last year:

Wading into a national debate, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that he is concerned Louisiana public school classrooms would be saddled with a “federalized curriculum” sparked by a series of tougher standards called Common Core.

At the time, White was also buffeted by the blooming national “populism,” including the election in New York City of Bill de Blasio, who promised to backtrack on White’s work as a former NYC school deputy chief. After Jindal’s waver, White went to the right-wing American Enterprise Institute to plead for sanity:

“An aggressive form of populism has asserted itself in the rhetoric of our day,” White is expected to say at the conservative American Enterprise Institute’s headquarters in Washington. “I see it in a tone that is skeptical of reformers in the same populist way our country today is skeptical of authority generally. This is, I believe, greatly damaging for an education reform effort that has done good in America and that needs to be sustained.

That was just the beginning. Jindal announced earlier this year that he was done with Communist Core, and weighed in in support of legislative efforts to end Louisiana’s participation.

White’s fired back a number of times, most recently with a useless meeting last week. But Jindal hasn’t been pulling punches. He’s ripped White’s contracting authority and generally abused him in public, going so far as accusing White of corruption. An investigation at DOE over payroll fraud isn’t helping White’s case.

Now, White is crying uncle.

Johnny Golden Boy has only been the subject of praise and reverence throughout his career. Now, running into the buzzsaw of a Louisiana politician with an ax to grind, White can’t take it anymore:

In a sign of rising tensions over Common Core, state Superintendent of Education John White told Louisiana’s top school board Wednesday that he is being unfairly targeted personally for possible wrongdoing by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration and its allies.

“I am no stranger to politics, and I know that political rhetoric can be heated,” White said in a four-page letter to members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“However, to have multiple officials alluding to the potential of purported and unfounded malfeasance within our agency and within my office, all within days of one another, is worthy of concern,” according to the letter.

Giving up won’t stop this assault. White is going to have to quit. Everyone can see that now. This cry for uncle is only the beginning. White better start packing his bags.

State Audit Slams Voucher Program

Bobby Jindal’s slow-motion voucher disaster continues to roll. The State Legislative Auditor released a highly-critical new report focused on the lack of accountability and potential for graft in Jindal’s voucher scheme:

The state Department of Education has inadequate criteria to make sure schools are academically prepared to handle the number of voucher students they serve, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report issued Monday morning.

The agency also lacks enough oversight to ensure that the schools have the physical capacity for the students they request, Purpera said in a two-page summary that accompanied the review.

The auditor goes on to say that, in essence, the state basically has no idea if the schools receiving tax dollars for voucher kids are even physically equipped to educate children, let alone meet academic standards. More:

The review said that, while public schools have to be rated A or B by the state to accept voucher students, “there are no legal requirements in place to ensure non-public schools that participate in the program are academically acceptable.”

The state Department of Eduation’s review process “lacks formal criteria to ensure that schools have both the academic and physical capacity to serve the number of scholarship students they requested.

The proficiency rating for schools particiapting in the voucher program is 41 percent, the report says, which is based on the percentage of students who scored at grade level or above on standardized tests during the 2012-13 school year, which was the first for the expanded program.

Purpera also said the department has not set standards or measures in its accountability system for removing a school from the program for academic performance.

The state also overpaid or underpaid 41 percent of the 118 schools that took part in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Legisltive Auditor’s office.

No institutional control. A failure of administration of the highest order. But Jindal continues to stick by his corrupt schemes and his embattled Department of Ed chief, John White. And by the looks of this work, this spiraling embarrassment has only just begun.

BREAKING: From Failure To Failure; Vouchergate rolls on

Horrible news for Louisiana children as Jindal uses a dead news day before Thanksgiving to dump a load of terrible voucher school results  (and potentially just the tip of the iceberg, as DoE hasn’t released all the stats yet).

According to the TP, up to 50% of children attending voucher schools are moving from a failing public school to… a failing voucher school:

At least 45 percent of students in Louisiana’s controversial voucher program last year attended schools with performance scores in the D to F range of the state’s grading scale, according to data the state released Wednesday.

The full impact of the program cannot be assessed, however, because the state released scores only for one-fifth of the 118 schools in the program. The schools for which data was provided served 2,888 of the nearly 5,000 students who used vouchers last year. 

And it gets worse. Vouchergate continues to spiral out of control, blowing millions of tax dollars on horrible private schools that don’t help kids succeed:

The limited data raises questions about how the high-profile program can be held accountable to taxpayers. Voucher schools are only lightly vetted on the front end, with state Superintendent John White promising in 2012 that he would hold schools accountable based on academic results. The average voucher costs $5,245, meaning possibly $11 million in state dollars went to schools with no publicly released accountability score.

The state released the scores in a report Wednesday, several days after a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Justice had the right to monitor the program to ensure it does not worsen racial segregation. In the political fight over the case, Gov. Bobby Jindal has said vouchers gave underprivileged children a shot at a better education.

Bobby Jindal’s experiments on Louisiana have spawned a Frankenstein monster of calamities. From burning down Higher Education in Louisiana to crushing public hospitals, to a completely broken budget, to vouchergate; the Jindal administration continues to pile on failures. 

More soon. 

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