It’s hard to argue that Kevin Huffman does not deserve to be laughed out of Tennessee after getting on NPR with Arne Duncan on June 24th to proudly declare the only thing holding disabled children back academically were low expectations and insufficient testing. So i won’t. What I will say is that White has done more than just say stupid things, he has lied on camera and before BESE, TV reporters, and the legislature numerous times on many issues. He has engaged in behavior that appears criminal in nature but is at least morally and ethically bankrupt. He is at odds with Governor Jindal and actively fighting his Governor in the media with with lawsuits, not being doggedly defended like Huffman is by his Governor now. Even John White’s contracting wings have been clipped with a reduction of his self-approval power dropping from 50 or 25k (depending on who you ask) to just 2 k. (My guess is White will get around this my issuing 25 2 k contracts to vendors) I wish Tennessee well in their quest to rid themselves of their education deformer, but I think John White has a pretty significant lead in stamping his own walking papers. Some of my friends are placing bets on White’s last day and hour on Facebook. I’m not quite that confident, but I would start taking home some personal items, if I were White… and i would definitely be looking for a new state to relocate to that had not heard of me yet. I hear Ukraine is looking for some new blood, and corruption is supposed to be their forte… White would fit right in.
As you may or may not know, Kevin Huffman and John White are in a race to see who can reach Chiefs for Change Emeritus status first. After reading a series of posts by the respected Crazy Crawfish (https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/the-news-just-keeps-getting-worse-for-supt-of-ed-john-white-state-auditor-investigating-possible-payroll-fraud/) I thought John White had the clear advantage. I should not have underestimated the esteemed Kevin Huffman. He’s not going down with out a fight.
Its been a busy couple of weeks. We’ve covered the delayed test scores and the “post-equating”. About 2 week’s ago 15 State representatives sent a letter to Governor Haslam questioning the legality of the commissioners granting of waivers. After all a clause in the recently passed legislation clearly seemed to say he didn’t have that authority. Governor Haslam shrugged and said he hated cheap parlor tricks and that he hadn’t had time to even think about changes to his cabinet due to the upcoming election.
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