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St James parish is proudly displaying that the Science and Math Academy is part of both Lutcher and St James High Schools

September 30, 2012


St James parish is proudly displaying that the Science and Math Academy is part of both Lutcher and St James High Schools.  That’s very generous of them, especially considering they are about 20+ miles apart on opposite sides of the Mississippi. Here is the address of their shared non-school.3125 Valcour Aime Street  = Science and Math Academy […]

I found a nine mile long school! Can you believe it?

September 29, 2012


Here is a school approximately 9 miles wide.  To get a sense of perspective, that little stream above it is the Mississippi river.  It must be hell getting to class with just 5 minutes before bells. MSA West  57955 St Louis Rd, Plaquemine, LA 70764   Dear Parents & Guardians of MSA Students: Wow! What a wonderful […]

East Iberville and MSA East are actually the same school – probably connected by an underground metro system. My bad.

September 27, 2012


A little birdy just told me they asked Iberville about their shadow schools issue, and they were old MSA East is the same school as Iberville East (Elementary and High.)  I guess I’ve just never been to a school more than 4 miles long.  I suppose there could be more underground than is obvious to satellite photos.  If Iberville […]

Is Louisiana worth fighting for?

September 27, 2012


Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a brilliant column, Bill White of the Lehigh Valley News compares Governor Tom Corbett’s education policies to carpet-bombing of Vietnam. The goal nearly half a century ago was to “bomb Vietnam back into the stone age.” White says that Corbett is doing the same with public education…

Romney, the Secret Democrat.

September 26, 2012


Originally posted on
As often as not, parties nominate candidates for president that pretty much all their own partisans acknowledge are less than inspiring. Democrats were so excited about Barack Obama in 2008 partly because their previous two nominees, John Kerry and Al Gore, rode to the nomination on a stirring sentiment of…

Louisiana Managing Expectations and Manipulating the Public – for example: “T” isn’t for Terrible Schools, it’s for Turnaround Schools!

September 23, 2012


The Louisiana Department of Education is getting ever more desperate to manipulate the public into believing their voucher program and charter schools are a success.  Just last week LDOE hired a PR consultant that worked on Jeb Bush’s propaganda campaign in Florida to sell their public on what a great deal charter and voucher schools are.  This […]

Just How Many Murders Does it Take in Louisiana to Be Classified a “Persistently Dangerous School?”

September 17, 2012


This is actually a trick question.  According to the Unsafe Schools section 343 of Bulletin  741, a school can have 100% of its student body expelled for  murdering each other and the school will not be classified as dangerous, let alone persistently dangerous. §343.      Unsafe Schools [. . . B.    Students attending a school that has been identified as […]

Louisiana’s Section 504 Data Collection System – and what they aren’t doing with it

September 13, 2012


Section 504 Children (basically students with learning disabilities but without the extra funding SPED students get) While I was at LDOE I designed a system to capture the 504 status for students in Louisiana.  By now we have 2 or three years of data.  From my discussions with the state liaison and even people within […]

Louisiana’s Dropout Numbers Don’t Add Up

September 12, 2012


For the past 5 years Louisiana has been reporting they have steadily decreased their event dropout rate.   In simple terms, an Event Dropout Rate is the percent of students in select grade levels (in this case grades 7-12 or 9-12) that are enrolled at some point during the year but then exit and are determined […]

Truancy in Louisiana has never been easier than with Virtual Schools

September 7, 2012


Many of you may not realize this, but Louisiana is fast becoming a virtual world.  Don’t let the occasional hurricane or 100 megaton radioactive disaster waiting to happen fool you.  Soon all of our commerce, and commuting will be done online.  This is why we have stopped investing in real highways, bridges, hospitals and universities.  Who […]

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