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Common Core Chaos, Loss and Betrayal

August 21, 2014

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Recently I was interviewed by WAFB about the latest developments in Louisiana’s Common Core lawsuit saga and the recent court loss. You can see the full story here: http://www.wafb.com/story/26328975/common-core-debate-continues On a personal note, I was amused that this was a story I’d watched earlier in the day while working out, but without sound. I remember […]

As the new school year begins. . .

August 14, 2014

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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 […]

Fun with Payroll files of LDOE (and related entities)

July 25, 2014

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I was asked to research into why a number of people at LDOE are suddenly getting promotions. Apparently over the last few months a dozen or so jobs have popped up on the Civil Service job posting site with very narrow application time frames (less than a week). These postings say they are only accepting […]

Check out my new Common Core Video. I think this will add some clarity to the situation in Louisiana. . .or at least make fun of the people behind the “muddying of the narrative”

July 5, 2014

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I just finished producing my first movie and publishing my first YouTube video.  (I decided to stop writing posts and focus on media that requires fewer words so the grammar Nazis will leave me alone.) Check it out and feel free to make fun of it: http://youtu.be/NQ4Ryloo0Kc But there’s no denying this crawfish is not […]

Plan B: One-Step for Addressing PARCC and Common Core

July 1, 2014

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Today was an interesting day at the Claiborne building in downtown Baton Rouge. Today was the much anticipated climax of significant back and forth politicking between Governor Jindal and his mail ordered State Superintendent of Education, John White. Today was the day Louisiana got a front row seat to the attempted abortion of the illegitimate […]

The False Equivalence between Common Core Detractors and Defenders

June 14, 2014

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Something has been bothering me lately about the way defenders and detractors are afforded equal time in an attempt to artificially provide some sort of “balance” between these two groups. This is a disingenuous attempt by some in the mainstream media to force parity into an issue where there really is none. Common Core was […]

John White’s Journey: Why he decided to ask his Louisiana Department of Education to alter student test scores

May 26, 2014

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Believe it or not, John White did not start off with the intent of trying to delude Louisiana into believing his education reforms worked simply by altering a few scores. At first I think White believed much of his own rhetoric. Namely: that teachers were lazy and holding kids back with their incompetence that State […]

Louisiana’s Texbook Selection Shenanigans

May 4, 2014

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I was recently contacted to investigate some the selection process used by LDOE to select their textbook vendors for the upcoming school year. I was informed that LDOE had chosen only a single vendor for Tier 1 status for ELA and Math, and that districts were being told if they did not choose one of […]

The Fallacies of Quick Fixes in School Reform . . . and Life

April 25, 2014

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Recently I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I knew my blood sugars were trending higher for years, and I had resolved to lose 50 pounds this year to prevent this outcome from occurring. 3 months into this year I had lost 25 pounds . . . and I learned I had uncontrolled fasting blood […]

Bio of a Crawfish – Part I

April 10, 2014

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A wise man once asked me (like a few hours ago) what is my story and why am I running for an elective position on BESE. To paraphrase his point, it’s one thing to criticize someone else (especially an easy target like Chas Roemer) but quite another to be worthy of support in your own […]

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