This is the previous New orleans RSD Superintendent explaining how their VAM system has created a “nightmare” “testing industrial complex” that will “make you suicidal” trying to figure out.
Unfortunately it looks like while Louisiana was one of the first states to run headlong onto the VAM wagon, if reports that our own system is widely accepted unfair, incomplete, corrupted by politicians, and largely inaccurate doesn’t sway people to s. crap it, we’ll likely be the last ones off the wagon too.
Why must we always be first and last in the worst categories?
At a panel discussion in New York City, Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas made a startling admission. He said that the efforts to develop a teacher evaluation metric was a huge mess and that no one understands it.
“The Bridgeport, Conn. superintendent — who has served stints in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Orleans and earned a reputation as a turnaround consultant for struggling districts with big budget gaps — said reforms he backed were at risk of collapsing “under the weight of how complicated we’re making it.”
“We’re working on the evaluation system right now,” Vallas said of Bridgeport. “And I’ll tell you, it is a nightmare.” Vallas went further and said: ““We’re losing the communications game because we don’t have a good message to communicate,” he said. In separate comments, Vallas criticized evaluations as a “testing industrial complex” and “a system where you literally have binders on individual…
It would be illegal to provide SSN and other data White indicated without a using an MOU agreement. That would constitute identity theft. He is either committing purgery or identity theft based on my understanding of his public and official statements. I would use his public statements and this official response to ask the FBI to launch a criminal investigation. Our own Attorney General should also open an investigation in regards to state laws that may have been violated. I would recommend parents contact their legislators to get DOE to provide for free credit monitoring of all students for next 10 years. That should come out of White’s salary and estate.
The late comedian Brother Dave Gardner once said, “I believe if a man’s down, kick him. If he survives it, he has a chance to rise above it.”
As a loyal follower of Brother Dave since the days of my long gone wasted youth of so many years ago, it is not mine to question. I was, after all, brought up in the Baptist Church (but switched to Methodist when I married) where I was taught that faith surpasses all understanding—or something like that.
So even though my thought processes tell me it’s wrong to kick anyone, especially when he’s down, my heart must follow the teachings of the one who said he was a preacher (but he preached “for it,” whatever “it” was). To do otherwise would be blasphemy.
So here goes: It looks as though Superintendent of Education John White may have lied again (insert collective audible gasp…
If I was John White I would be more than a little concerned right about now. I’ve gotten word that people are asking for his resignation. He’s lied so many times, to so many people, I doubt he even knows what the truth is anymore but I know he never cared.
This was posted on BESE member Lottie Bebee’s Facebook page:
This is a must read! Every teacher and administrator should OPT OUT of the teacher/leader evaluation process. I am going to call for an investigation of this matter. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! TEACHERS AND LEADERS and SCHOOL BOARDS–IF THIS CONVERSATION PROVES TO BE TRUE, BE COURAGEOUS AS PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE STATE AND OPT OUT OF THE EVALUATION -PROCESS. FINALLY, THIS PROVES TO ME THAT THIS EVALUATION WAS A SMOKESCREEN from its inception— THE REAL AGENDA: THE DISMANTLING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, SEGREGATED SCHOOLS, AND PRIVATIZATION! SHAME ON WHITE AND SEABAUGH! I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR EITHER!
The inBloom situation is not going away. Eventually we’ll get the MOU and the response, or lack thereof, that he sent to inBloom to theoretically cancel the contract, or “pause” as inBloom CEO Iwan Streichberger calls it. My understanding is Georgia and many of inBloom’s other “partners” are now pulling out too. I would suggest White resign and rake the job at inBloom he probably had lined up, but for some reason I have a feeling that’s not going to happen now. 🙂
VAM has been postponed but in light of recent events needs to be cancelled and a new evaluation built under the supervision of a new, qualified superintendent with local roots to prevent the kinds of abusive and destructive practices White has employed from the minute he set foot in our state.
Here is one of the 19 layoff plans I’m told John White submitted to eliminate Louisiana citizens from his office in favor “fellows” making 99,999.90 like Jennifer Conway.
Whew. I bet that salary was totally random and had nothing to do with the fact any salary of 100,000 or more has to be approved by the legislature. Way to go, Jennifer! It’s nice to know White was considerate enough to practically create an individualized layoff plan for every employee he didn’t like at DOE because they were classified longtime residents. As a Louisiana resident and taxpayer I demand those classified employees with their 6 figure or 99999.90 salaries and 2 years of experience go first.
I implore Shannon Templet to reject the layoff plan. If you have any humanity, or cajun seasoning in your blood, you can’t let this travesty take place! White already has intentions of bringing new unclassified kids in at obscene salaries. He’s done that after every single layoff he’s had. This is just another way to evade any oversight and to bilk taxpayers out of millions and even hundreds of millions of dollars. . . from our children no less.
As for White, I want you to consider this. I had that tape quite a while ago. Tom Aswell did not share it with me, so I don’t want people thinking he went back on his word. Something that might have occurred to an enterprising soul such as myself was to sit on this and suggest to people to make more of those tapes. . . you know, just for fond memories of their fearless leader in action. Anyone has the capability with a simple app on their phone. Wouldn’t that just be awesome?!?!?
You know, I kind of hope he sticks it out longer. White is like a brilliant, enormous, stinky, albatross hanging around Bobby Jindal’s neck. The longer he stays, the more I can tie him to Bobby, and the more Bobby will have to turn a blind eye to his bumbling boorish behaviour, or defend his little “ping-pong ball.” He’s like the Energizer Screw-up and without him I might have to talk about taxes or potholes or something. . .
Come drop by my website at www.louisianabelievesanything.com (I crafted it as an homage to White’s site. Just like White’s it’s mostly useless and filled with shrines to myself, but at least I have a little data and more accurate press releases.)
I’ll admit beforehand, that I haven’t updated it lately, well except for a few . . . mp3 files. I was thinking they might make for some very entertaining ringtones. They should load when you click on each page listed on the toolbar but if not they are located at the bottom of each page. I strongly recommend you download one today. Then you can have your friend’s call you when you’re near White. I’m sure he would be comforted by the sound of his voice, voicing things he “believes.”