I want to thank all of my new and return supporters who came through last night. As a result of your generosity I pulled in an additional $500 in donations and pledges. I also picked up two new volunteers I hope to be able to leverage. This phenomenon, and some recent conversations I’ve had with constituents and supporters, triggered some thoughts. . .
People need something to serve as a conversation starter about education issues with their friends and neighbors. In some cases it might be a sign, or a pushcard sitting on a table, in other cases it might be an email or post about what is going on with Louisiana in terms of public education, and what we can do to fix it.
For quite a few months I’ve abandoned my blog in favor of face to face meetings and behind the scenes planning sessions. Those will be ongoing, but I realize I’ve been sitting on my primary resource for reaching voters and impacting change, my blog. I listened to a lot of political consultants and enemies who claimed fundraising could not be accomplished from online contributions, and that blogs are only read by a small subset of the electorate and the vast majority don’t know what’s going on and can be easily swayed by simple messages and false promises and propaganda. As it was put to me by one of our chief opposition leaders – and I’m paraphrasing only slightly based on questions I put to them and their answers:
“…whomever has the most money to get their message out is the winner in this day and age. It doesn’t really matter what your message is, who you are, what you record is, or what you stand for. Right and wrong doesn’t matter. Truth can be bought. All the messages are lies and the best politicians are the best liars. To win you just want to be the best funded one.”
Maybe this is true? This election will provide some evidence to verify this claim or refute it.
The truth is our schools are under siege by the Louisiana Department of Education, it’s unqualified and callous leader, John White, and his cadre of inexperienced minions. Anyone who raises and objection or steps out of line is punished by a department that is driving our education system into the ground with its junk analytics and criminally disruptive policies.
I don’t want you to take my word for it. Please go ask your neighbors, your local school board members, your local superintendents, your principals. Ask them off the record, where other ears cannot hear. You might just get some truth and begin to understand the depth of the problems we face and get a glimpse of the tyranny of the Louisiana Department of Education.
This agency needs a new leader, many new leaders in fact. It needs a new direction and ethos based on support, encouragement and collaboration, not the masochistic punishment based system riddled with tragically flawed “metrics” that prey disproportionately on the weakest members of our society, our poorest children, our children with disabilities, our children that need the most support and guidance and get the least under the guise of “choice” and “accountability”.
If you believe as I do, that John White should be fired and the LDOE restructured to support our schools, school districts, parents and teachers please consider passing along this post, making a donation or volunteering to help.
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