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A Tale of Two DOEs

March 30, 2012

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It’s not a well known fact that there are two DOEs (Departments of Education) in charge of public schools in Louisiana. There is one DOE ( the one I was most familiar with and like to think I was once a part of so I will stipulate that makes me biased) composed of under appreciated, […]

The Charter/Non-Public Guide for Excluding the Less Desirable Students Without Making a Federal Case Out of it

March 29, 2012

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Let’s face it, with the passage of Jindal’s latest education bills, traditional public schools are about to be out of business.  We will have a chaotic influx of unregulated charter and non-public school clamoring to open up shop, 21st century gold rush style, to “mine”  our students for their MFP dollars — Louisiana education gold. […]

Shadow Schools: Does Your DOE Know Where Your Children Are?

March 28, 2012

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Probably most of you haven’t given much thought to how state department’s of education collect their data on schools, teachers and students. Well having been in the biz for quite a few years, I do. LEAs (Local Educational Agencies) aka School districts submit their data to the SEA (State Educational Agency) based on requirements that […]

A Modest Corporal Punishment Proposal for Louisiana

March 27, 2012

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vt4v7KsFi8&feature=youtube_gdata_player Even though our overly politically correct society has decided that beating animals with poles can be construed as unjust and abuse of the animals (and might get you thrown in jail or beaten by an angry mob yourself) and beating incarcerated adults is considered cruel and unusual punishment and forbade by our courts and […]

Louisiana’s Lacking Accountability System

March 25, 2012

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Most people probably haven’t heard about Louisiana’s School Accountability System, but many Louisianian natives with children of or near school age have probably heard about schools being assigned letter grades or stars “*” to represent the overall quality of a school.  What most of those people don’t know is that the state and appointed officials […]

An Unexpected Windfall in FERPA for Reformers

March 24, 2012

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Like many well intentioned education policies and privacy laws we’ve seen enacted over the years, FERPA was enacted to protect the rights of the weak, in this case children, from the powerful and unscrupulous, such as school bullies and identity thieves. That was a laudable goal to be sure. However what the law has morphed […]

i * Value Added = Good Teachers Subtracted

March 23, 2012

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The Value Added model used for calculating teacher performance (or lack thereof) is a complete farce. Its just a tool used to put teachers on the defensive; for the right, and their right-wing publications, to use in their war against the common good for the sake of the exceptional dollar.  Without even going into debunking […]

Louisiana’s Bleak Public Education Future

March 22, 2012

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Unless half of our elected legislature shakes off its self-imposed malaise of ignorance and stands up to Der Führer Jindal a free public education will be something we read about in story books; those of us fortunate enough to have learned to read before the Dark One came from Mordor with his tainted out-of-state fundraising contributions […]

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