A State Without Ethics

Not to mention Mira Orange Jones raised over 450 thousand dollars largely from out of state contributors like Bloomberg and PACs to swamp.a race where winners usually spend just a few thousand dollars historically. I have a listing of her donors from last race and their addresses, as well as a pile of TFA contracts to go through which have been approved during her tenure. I wonder how many of her out of state donors donated to TFA and got sweet Louisiana contracts in return? The ethics board should never have allowed such a figure receiving large sums of out of state money working for a national education organization that also recieves large unlimited donations to serve on a state board of education or approve any contracts for anyone. We truly have no ethics in Louisiana under Jindal.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Which state has the lowest ethics in the nation? Without question, it is Louisiana. This is the state where the “ethics board” ruled that members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education could vote on contracts for campaign contributors, because they did not work for them as employees.

This is the same “ethics board” that saw no conflict when Kira Orange Jones, the director of Teach for America in Néw Orleans, was elected to the state board, which proceeded to award a $1 million contract to her employer.

Now Orange Jones has statewide responsibility for TFA. No doubt the “ethics board” will find no conflict between her employment and her role on the state board.

The state could save money by abolishing this useless agency.

A blogger in Louisiana described the situation as follows:

“One of the defenses for Kira Orange Jones’ elected position on BESE not being a…

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