DOA to issue RFP for contract to consolidate 23 Executive Department IT operations; hundreds of layoffs anticipated

Soon everyone will be privatized. The only job we could really do without is out absentee Governor who’s been “phoning it in” since he was elected. I wonder if anyone will have a job, except Jindal, when he’s done?

Louisiana Voice

The Division of Administration (DOA) on Friday issued a new request for proposals (RFP) for the consolidation of the information technology (IT) departments of 20 departments within the state’s Executive Branch.

July 12 is the deadline for submissions and Aug. 16 is the target date to announce the awarding of the contract, tentatively set to begin on Aug. 30, according to the RFP.

This is sure to be yet another contract to be awarded to some company who will in all likelihood underbid the cost and come back later with expensive contract amendments like F.A. Richard and Associates (FARA) with the Office of Risk Management and CNSI with the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to mention two that come quickly to mind.

But even more important, it appears that possibly hundreds—maybe more than 1,000—of state IT employees will be losing their jobs as a result of the new…

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Wendy Lecker on the CREDO Report and the Hidden Costs of Charters

Excellent point. Charters are not all bad, but are the successful ones good enough to make up for all the bad that comes with them? I also wonder if traditional schools and districts were given more resources and autonomy if they could not produce the same or much better results?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Wendy Lecker is a civil rights attorney who is Senior Attorney at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity of the Education Law Center, which fights for resources for the neediest students.

In this post, she asks important questions about the new CREDO national study of charter schools.

Although the media claimed that the study showed either major progress for charters compared to 2009, or that they were superior to public schools, the facts are otherwise.

Lecker writes:

“The verdict is in, and it is the same as four years ago. In updating its 2009 national study on charter schools, Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) reaches the same conclusion it did in its previous study: The vast majority of charter schools in the United States are no better than public schools.

“In 2009, 83 percent of charters were the same or worse than public schools, and now about…

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