When five people in John White’s posse (Network Leaders) are being paid (I hesitate to use the word “earned” here) almost $700K, one might imagine a great deal is being accomplished for that outlay of the people’s money.
And one would be wrong to imagine such a thing.
I find it astounding the DOE, that demands from and foists upon its educators a stringent accountability, expects none from its own employees. These five network leaders are listed as “liaison officers,” a curious job description. To be a liaison officer, one would think that one actually “establishes and maintains communication for mutual understanding and cooperation” (Free Merriam-Webster).
And, again, one would be wrong to imagine such a thing.
One of the “network leaders,” former St. Tammany Parish Superintendent Gayle Sloan, had the serendipity of retiring from her position one day before “retire, rehire” was no longer possible. So, she is paid her full retirement from the parish and her full-time DOE salary.
And, there are four other “leaders” who, from what can be determined, are conspicuous by their absence.
Mercedes Schneider, who wrote the post I’ve linked here, is a high school English teacher in St. Tammany Parish. She earned a PhD in Applied Statistics and Research Methods, with a concentration in counselor education in 2002.
Like everything Ms. Schneider writes in relation to education in Louisiana, her post is insightful, evidenced, and-sadly for students and educators in the state-an accurate accounting of the moral high-jinx happening under the tent of the White/Jindal circus. It’s a long post, because she earned a doctorate in research, and proves it.