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Introducing Louisiana’s New Accountability System

October 30, 2012

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If you’re like me, you have trouble deciphering all the different symbols, letters, stars and numerical scores associated with Louisiana’s various Accountability systems.  Every year the Louisiana Department of Education changes something in their Accountability system, ostensibly to make it more understandable to you and me.  Every year I get more perplexed. For a while […]

Defunding and Defrauding Public Education – PART II

October 25, 2012

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I’ve been trying to explain to people since last March that the vouchers and charter schools are funded in a way designed to destroy public education and public education funding.  While the Jindal administration is not taking local funding directly, what they are doing is taking a double helping of state funding.  This means that school districts lose […]

Defunding public education

October 23, 2012

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Voters in one of Louisiana’s high-performing school districts are angry that their public schools will lose funding to pay for Governor Bobby Jindal’s harebrained voucher scheme, which sends students to backwoods fundamentalist schools that teach religious doctrine. Jindal insisted that this could not possibly be true, that the…

Follow the education money

October 22, 2012

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
There are few investigative writers in education journalism these days. It is disturbingly rare to find writers who look behind the press releases, the hype and spin. One place that cries out for investigative journalism is Louisiana, the locus for the most extreme privatization schemes. The governor is…

A listing of some of LDOE’s dirty little secrets

October 16, 2012

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Dirty Secrets or White Lies? SHADOW SCHOOLS CONTENT St James Science and Math Academy is part of both Lutcher and St James High Schools St James Science and Match Academy is a shadow school split between two other high schools.  This post includes Maps, addresses, info from website and the summary of why LDOE is probably letting some schools get away with […]

A tragic story you never heard of – made even more tragic by a hate group named the Louisiana Family Forum

October 10, 2012

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Last year, three Louisiana students were bullied until they took their own lives in three separate parts of the state.  Out of this tragedy an even more tragic Tesa Middlebrook Anti-Bullying Act was born. Tesa Middlebrook was a talented artist, who had just received a full scholarship to Arizona State University. An active participant with the Arts […]

John White only knows better than black parents. . . apparently

October 10, 2012

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Two months into the school year, the head of the Recovery School District abruptly fired the principal of Walter L. Cohen High School as well as several teachers and announced that he was turning the school over to a charter operator called the Future Is Now. Students reacted…

The United States of ALEC

October 3, 2012

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Because I was traveling in Texas over the weekend, I didn’t see Bill Moyers’ report on ALEC. I watched it last night, and I hope you will too. If you want to understand how we are losing our democracy, watch this program. If you want to know why…

Recommended reading

October 2, 2012

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Originally posted on Assailed Teacher:
The “Obama Phone” lady is the latest viral video on the net. Here it is for those who have not seen it: Not surprisingly, the likes of Rush Limbaugh have already jumped all over it as proof of Mitt Romney’s “47%” comment. One of my favorite comedic radio shows had…

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