White, Seabaugh conversation reveals agreement to ‘tweak’ DOE’s VAM plan; White whines about his ‘ping pong’ status

I will post more on this later but for now it is important for legislators, teachers, and BESE members to see the Real White in action. He claims publicly not to understand complicated formula, that the numbers are fair and researcher approved and speak for themselves. Yet the truth is VAM is just a corrupt tool used by and even more corrupt and contemptable DOE to punish teachers and privatize schools using callously manipulated data. White argues he should not have oversight, and one can clearly see why that is what he fears the most. White fired or is in the process of firing most Louisiana citizens to replace them with drones reportable only to him, that will strip our state dry and leave us as educationally naked as the emperer with no clothes. He tells us we look fabulous and parades us around naked for the country to see. White tells us our children’s data are safe, but dares not reveal the devil’s contract he signed with inBloom, White tells us SPS scores are dramatically improved under his watch, while refusing to admit the increase is due solely to a test with more questions and points, White tells us to Just BELIEVE, but is it a surprise to anyone that almost everyone who puts Louisiana and our children first know firsthand he is a lying charlatan selling us snake oil he has intentionally mislabeled to promote is fictional success. White must be fired. He is a scoundrel, a scofflaw, a cheat and a thief. To do any less is a vast disservice to children who are secretly dropping out in record numbers, teachers who are being driven out based on a broken misguided VAM, and Louisiana parents and citizens. White has no honor, no ability to tell the truth even under oath, and no real credentials to be a State Superintendent in the first place. White is the one who should be leaving, not our dilligent state workers dealing with the layoffs White has illegally filed to remove any vestige of oversight or humanity from LDOE. Send this inveterate liar packing instead before it is too late.

Louisiana Voice

A 14-minute telephone conversation that was recorded by an employee of the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) has revealed a plan hatched between State Superintendent John White and State Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) to “tweak” DOE’s Value Added Model (VAM) teacher evaluation plan in a way to keep changes from being public or necessitating policy change with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

The date of the recorded conversation is unclear but a flurry of emails within DOE in mid-October of 2012 and again in mid-March of this year centered around changes to the VAM plan so the telephone conversation most probably took place a few days prior to the October interoffice communications.

After White agreed to make changes in the VAM—also known at the DOE as Compass—as suggested by Seabaugh, the employee who recorded the conversation over a speaker phone was heard to whisper to a co-worker…

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4 thoughts on “White, Seabaugh conversation reveals agreement to ‘tweak’ DOE’s VAM plan; White whines about his ‘ping pong’ status

  1. It just goes on and on. Just found out how one of Jindal and White’s golden boys managed to make gains at his school and have the school look exemplary. He talked parents of failing kids into “homeschooling” their kids. That way they were not dropouts or part of the school’s accountability. For that he got a state job. There are so many ways to cheat the system.

    And we are supposed to be data driven!!! Stinky, rotten, lying data.

    It’s a shame how many adults do not care a flip about kids- at least other people’s kids.

    1. That’s exactly why I am going to produce my own true rates.  Just need grad counts, I have enrollments.   There is so much fraud you have to change the calculation method to one that is slightly less precise, but much harder to cheat and comprable across years, sites and districts 

      Sent from my Samsung smartphone on AT&T

  2. The new virtual school scam is also part of his cruel joke along with the voucher, scholarship crap. We have several parents who withdrew their kids from our elementary school this year under the guise of virtual schooling them. They left to avoid consequences for their child’s behavior, truancy, and/or academic problems. The problem is that none of these parents actually enrolled their child into ANY virtual program and no one is tracking this. There is no way to monitor if these children are attending any school. We will end up with a whole generation of uneducated children whose parents made the “Choice” to pretend virtual homeschool them. Thanks Mr. White.

    1. True. The even more messed up part is this is not simply a matter of laziness of indifference. We (my group which has been eliminated)raised many of these issues over and overbut what actually occured was instructions by Erin Bendilly’s Parental options crew to get charters to lie to us so their enrollment and attendence looked better than it was. This probably cost us hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. . .perhaps even millions. This is a case where the virtual charter tried to do the right thing and was instructed to leave kids that never logged in enrolled.

      https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/truancy-in-louisiana-has-never-been-easier-than-with-virtual-schools/ There should be criminal cases opened up on many of activities done by LDOE. The misrepresented SPS scores resulted in what are probably millions in bonuses that should never have paid out. . . the schools probably needed them with MFP getting cut by inflation every year, but White used it as a way to “reward” districts and schoolshe likedto curry favor and extend his influence.

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