With this latest MFP formula change John White reveals just how little he thinks of BESE. I’m writing this post February 28th and this “proposed” resolution is dated for March 7th 2013, (7 days in the future) and already listed as “approved” and posted to BESE’s website. I was told this came as some surprise to some BESE members who had yet to even see this “proposal” that they had already approved 7 days hence.
While many of us in the know have been pointing out that this is exactly how John White operates, it’s refreshing to see him being so forward with his complete lack of respect for the institution that theoretically provides oversight for his role and office. John White told his BESE members how to evaluate him, after all, it’s only common sense that he simply writes and posts everything they will approve, regardless of the impact his proposals have to students, teachers or Louisiana.
I have to wonder though. How will BESE president, Chas Roemer, spin his time as president of a puppet board as qualifying him for a real office (perhaps the only real office in this state) like Governor? Either Chas is violating state open meetings laws and illegally agreeing to backroom deals or White is, none too subtly, informing Chas that he and his input is irrelevant. Hmm, maybe that does qualify Chas for our Governor?
BESE was already becoming little more than a formality, a bland afterthought and rubberstamp of anything White and Jindal proposed. Do we really need to spend the money supporting a state board of education that doesn’t need to actually meet, discuss, inquire or make independent decisions about anything? If BESE is just a powerless, feeble institution than not even John White and Jindal respect (at least not enough to actually give them a chance to review a document before it is posted as approved by them) why do we keep them around? For a while Jindal and White liked to hide behind BESE decisions related to freezing funding or school performance score changes (that they told BESE they had to make) but it appears Jindal and White have done away with even that formality.
Since our legislators do exactly has they are told by Jindal (or they are removed) the various boards are filled with handpicked Jindal appointees that do whatever he tells them, even if it is unconstitutional (Like siphoning off the constitutionally dedicated rigs to reefs money to plug budget holes Jindal created to benefit his donors) why don’t we simply dispense with all of our boards, along with all of our legislators? That could sure save a lot of cash, and Jindal and his cronies have given up even trying to fool anyone that we live in a democracy. We have a despotic king, not a Governor. We might as well reap some of the benefits of a despotic system of governance and dispense with the formalities . . . you know, like John White has already done by officially marginalizing BESE.
So like, what are you gonna’ do on March 7th, zombie BESE?
I hear White may need some laundry picked up too. . . And Chas, White likes his shirts with extra starch.