I covered St Helena’s travails as well. What’s even more absurd is that while RSD argued allowing St Helena to add some additional grades to their existing schools might have a desegregative effect, the actual data (that they are in possession of) shows that RSD is the having that effect right now, and that the St Helena elementary school is attracting more white students that flee the public school system when its time to enroll there. (DOE/RSD provided a report for a single school year for a single school to mislead the judge and to show the opposite) They also refused to show the middle schools scores when touting RSD, but instead showed the scores for RSD in New Orleans, because the RSD middle school is probably now one of the worst schools in the state. The cost factor the judge ruled in favor of RSD for should never have entered into a desegregation case, especially when St Helena especially has more than demonstrated financial stability. If anything, the RSD school is going to bring the district down. The head of RSD, Patrick Dobard, is taking all the MFP dollars for the students, but refusing to pay for repairs to his own school with them, and is instead demanding the district pay for repairs to the school RSD is using and ruining. This is a state takeover of education, and the state will stop at nothing until they have taken over all public schools, or chartered them all out to companies or individuals. Thanks for covering this issue, Bob.
By Robert Mann
Gov. Bobby Jindal says he’s outraged about the U.S. Justice Department’s pleading that raises questions about the legality of some of the private-school vouchers award to minority children in 13 school districts that are under federal desegregation orders.
Jindal, in speeches and a TV spot, is crying foul, saying the federal government is denying parents the right to choose where their children should attend school. And he claims it’s a merely a P.R. “stunt” to cite these desegregation cases for raising concerns about the vouchers’ legality.
But, strangely enough, Jindal’s Department of Education is very much in favor of denying parent choice and wants to keep a group of children in their failing schools. And the Department cites the exact federal desegregation orders that now offend Jindal so much.
In St. Helena Parish, a group of parents recently sued the state, arguing that their children are trapped…
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