Listen to my preliminary story on the RSD graduate cohort problems on WBOK this morning

August 18, 2014


Listen to me this morning from a recorded show on WBOK from 10:30 am to 11:00am about the RSD graduate and dropout issue I just covered in my last blog post.

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Some Sad truths about RSD’s Grad Rate and Dropout numbers

August 17, 2014



I have been warning LDOE for years that something fishy is going on with the grad rate across the state. John White, Chas Roemer and Reformers would just have you believe that “raising the bar” and having “higher expectations” for students is the only thing that Louisiana lacks. They ignore decades of history and Louisiana’s […]

The RSD has failed, but from the ashes an Education Mecca has been born

August 16, 2014


The RSD, the New Orleans Recovery School District that was formed just prior to Katrina and used as an excuse an opportunity to wrest control of local schools and school districts from Orleans Parish and school systems across the state, has failed but without much fanfare in the local or national media. Katrina and RSD […]

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Louisiana Anthology Podcast

August 16, 2014


While I work on some of my next pieces and do some work around the house, why not tune into this podcast with me, Bruce Magee and Stephen Payne from Louisiana Anthology and Ruston Louisiana where we talk about Louisiana, education politics and crawfish. You might also want to check out some of their […]

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As the new school year begins. . .

August 14, 2014



As the new school year begins I find myself more than a bit confused by what is going on in Louisiana education these days. Lately it’s felt a little like forces outside of my control are dictating the outcomes of a whole lot of situations (with a whole lot of crazy) mixed in with a […]

Louisiana School Board Sues State to Block Funding of Charter in Its District

August 14, 2014


Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Iberville Parish school board decided to sue the state when it learned of the state’s plan to divert a sizable portion of the district’s basic funding to a new, for-profit charter school. “The Iberville Parish School Board decided Monday it would fight to retain more than $3.8…

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What is going on in your school and Parish with Common Core in the courts?

August 11, 2014


My daughter’s first day of second grade was today. My son will start his first day of kindergarten in a few days. I am curious to see how my school system addresses the Common Core/testing issue that seems to be destined for a lifetime of litigation tied up in the court system. Feel free to […]

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