At BESE’s august meeting parents were denied an opportunity to speak about Common Core and inBloom. Because the feedback given so far has been overwhelmingly negative, I can understand why Chas Roemer, John White and their allies would go that route. Routinely BESE sends out invites to charter organizers, TFA supporters, and other folks that are paid to adore their positions to speak only things that reinforce their opinions and goals. At the last BESE meeting in June they tried shifting the schedule around to make parents and students who had come to speak students wait all day, and then when that didn’t work, they tried to postpone the agenda items they had come to speak on. Outbursts from the crowd changed their plans.
This time, however, BESE was able to completely silence their critics, denying them a chance to speak. When they did this, not only did they succeed in silencing their critics in a public, taxpayer funded forum, they made a mockery of Democracy; and rule of the people, by the people, for the people. Our board was purchased with millions of corporate dollars, not to serve us, but to serve those who would make money off of our children. Our BESE board and our Department of Education are cruel, farcical charades that pat themselves on the back for their own destructive behavior whilst squandering our hard earned tax dollars on their cronies and selling our children into a data zoo where they can be gawked at, poked and prodded for the amusement of others.
While corrupt politicians have succeeded in barring parents and students from speaking in a public forum, they cannot (yet) prevent them from speaking in private ones that are made available to the public. Here is Nikki Gaspard’s letter. A concerned public school parent who was denied an opportunity to comment on policies and programs paid for by and with her tax dollars and about a recently aborted plan that sells her child’s data companies to use and profit from as they see fit. (Nikki was one of the folks instrumental in uncovering the latest set of inBloom and DOE letters many of us had failed to get for so long. . .)
Hello, I have a few things that I would like to go over. I have a letter from Mr. John White to Inbloom dated April 19 in which he states that he is withdrawing Louisiana from InBloom. I also have a letter dated June 17 from InBloom addressed to John White saying that InBloom is concluding their relationship with John White.
I do not have a fancy job title. I am just a mom, but even I can look at these two letters and deduce that SOMEONE is being DISHONEST! I have a form from the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR that lists it’s grant recipients. LOUISIANA IS ON THAT LIST! The LA Workforce Commission was granted nearly ONE MILLION DOLLARS in order to collect and link information to the US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. The information that is being linked includes EDUCATION DATA. The contact person is listed as Ms. Raj Jindal.
In a phone conversation between Mr. Garvey and Mr. White, which took place last Friday, Mr. White acknowledged that he WAS AWARE that LOUISIANA COLLEGES were sharing private and personal information with the LOUISIANA AND UNITED STATES DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, but that he was not aware that the LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THIS.
As a concerned citizen and parent in Louisiana, the ONLY conclusion that I can draw from that conversation is that either Mr. John White is being dishonest to Mr. Garvey OR Mr. White is (at best) doing an EXTREMELY POOR JOB PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN’S VERY PERSONAL AND INTIMATE INFORMATION.
Now to my next subject. I have a letter to a senator in New York from the SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS of New York dated August 7. In the letter he discusses the fact that only 30 to 37 percent of students scored proficient on the COMMON CORE assessment tests given in April. That was a SIGNIFICANT drop verses test scores before COMMON CORE INVADED NEW YORK. He goes on to say that the ONLY thing that changed this year was the CURRICULUM AND THE TESTS. What changed he said, was giving the tests before students were properly prepared.
TO ALL OF YOU, I would like to say that COMMON CORE has already caused my daughter who is an honor roll student and who has already earned COLLEGE CREDIT to feel like a (her exact words) ” WORTHLESS, STUPID HUMAN BEING”. I have seen my precious child spend hours upon hours EVERYDAY at my kitchen table working on what common core calls “math”. I have watched her being tutored 2 to 3 times EVERY WEEK to try to understand the Common Core Math. I have watched her be reduced to an ANXIETY-RIDDLED MESS which ends with her CURLED UP CRYING ON MY KITCHEN FLOOR because she now feels like she is stupid. If that is what the COMMON CORE CURRICULUM does to an HONOR ROLL,gifted,talented student who has an ideal home environment with a mother and father who encourage and support her, what EXACTLY do you think the Common Core is going to do to the rest of the kids in Louisiana?
My daughter came home with a paper on the first day of school which lists the telephone numbers of places such as CRISIS COUNSELORS and THE ST. TAMMANY SUICIDE PREVENTION LINE! It’s as if the powers that be are EXPECTING suicide rates to go up in Louisiana. I just DO NOT UNDERSTAND why this is being ALLOWED to take place in OUR SCHOOLS!
I would ask that EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU make a decision to look into this and to do the right thing for the CHILDREN.
The right thing is NEVER the easy thing. It is rarely, if ever, the popular thing. IT IS STILL the RIGHT thing!
Thank-you for taking the time to read this.
Sincerely, Mrs. Gaspard