As my readers may be aware, we covered Herb Basset’s and Mercedes Scheneider’s analysis of the bogus SPS and VAM back in January.
Herb has finally been able to present this to the legislature (so his warnings could be be ignored in person.) White and Jindal have never been interested in promoting actual improvement, they just want a talking point for their next gig.
Way to keep that third world dictatorship vibe going, puppet Legislature.
The vote was a foregone conclusion; the minds were made up long before the Senate Education Committee members cast their votes to kill SB 41 by Sen. Bob Kostelka (R-Monroe).
The vote that killed the bill was anti-climactic at best. The testimony of a band director and self-proclaimed “highly qualified” math teacher, however, provided the bombshell that Superintendent John White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) would rather you not know.
His testimony evoked memories of Michelle Rhee’s tumultuous reign in Washington, D.C. and of more recent events in Atlanta.
It was purely academic that only two of the eight committee members would vote in favor of sending the bill to make the Louisiana Superintendent of Education position elective again after nearly two decades of having an appointive superintendent.
And one of those two votes in favor—that of Sen. Mike Walsworth (R-West Monroe) was purely for show…
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