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Louisiana Believes – Teacher Erosion Holds Steady

January 28, 2013

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VETERAN TEACHER EROSION HOLDS STEADY FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR Teachers in high poverty schools are more likely to flee Louisiana schools than teachers in low poverty schools BATON ROUGE, La. – The Department of Education today released what we are choosing to call an analysis of teacher hiring, retention, and departure data over three prior […]

Louisiana Believes – in Digitizing Children

January 25, 2013

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LOUISIANA DISTRICTS COMMIT TO DIGITIZING ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN BY 2014 BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today released updated reports on the progress of technology readiness by messenger pigeon for the sake of irony.  ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, instructed Jindal on an excellent plan to save money – by fully digitized our public […]

Alternatives to Intelligent Design

January 24, 2013

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Originally posted on CONTRARY BRIN:
Part of a series of re-issues of my most-popular online postings.  This one about the deep illogic underlying the claims by the fundamentalist community that they “just want students to be exposed to all sides and make up their own minds.” ================== THERE IS RICH IRONY in how the present battle over…

Introducing: Louisiana Believes Anything

January 22, 2013

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INTRODUCES LOUISIANABELIEVESANYTHING.COM BATON ROUGE, La. – In response to the feedback of pro-charter and reform groups, virtual  school operators, and testing companies, the Louisiana Department of Education today announced a complete overhaul of its website. The website’s URL has changed to louisianabelievesanything.com, reflecting the state’s comprehensive plan to ensure every student is […]

Excellent essay from edweek on why Value Added is junk science

January 19, 2013

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Probing the Science of Value-Added Evaluation by R. Barker Bausell, edweek.org January 16th 2013 Value-added teacher evaluation has been extensively criticized and strongly defended, but less frequently examined from a dispassionate scientific perspective. Among the value-added movement’s most fervent advocates is a respected scientific school of thought that believes reliable causal conclusions can be teased […]

New Orleans Graduation Rate – Miracle . . . or Make-believe?

January 17, 2013

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Recently we’ve seen a rash of publicity coming out of New Orleans and from Leslie Jacobs about the New Orleans turnaround miracle. According to her press releases and op-ed pieces in the Time Picayune and Baton Rouge Advocate, New Orleans leads the both the state and nation in graduation rate. That would be some wonderful […]

John White’s Performance Review Press Release – Time Machine Edition

January 15, 2013

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For Immediate Release – January 15th, 2013 BESE Congratulates Superintendent John White on performing an outstanding job Chas Roemer , BESE President, explained to a packed Louisiana Purchase Room, filled to the brim with charter lobbyists and brown-nosing sycophants, that without John White’s leadership, Louisiana would have followed in the path of so many failures […]

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