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No Tickets Needed to Watch the Moral High Jinx of White/Jindal

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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.

The Grand Salaries and Silence of Louisiana’s “Network Leaders”


Photo: High Jinx, Acts and Attractions


Connect the dots and follow the $$$

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“The reorganization of Newark into a two-tiered system of segregated charters and public schools was conceived using funds provided by Eli Broad. Interns paid by Broad came up with the plan to disenfranchise citizens in Camden and elsewhere. Broad paid for a consultant to reorganize the NJDOE; he also got the NJDOE to install one of the graduates of his book club unaccredited superintendents “academy” as the superintendent of Jersey City.”

Just for giggles, take a look at the new members recently appointed to the Broad Foundation :

Wendy Kopp
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Teach For America

Paul Pastorek 
Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary, EADS North America
Former Superintendent of Education, State of Louisiana

And, of course, guess who is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy?

Yep…our very own John White, who wants to move beyond teacher evaluations and student test scores. Now, Superintendent John White believe students should be able to choose classes with an “a la carte” program because “schools are too confining; they trap students in chairs”:

“Louisiana plans to cut funding for each public school by about $1,300 for each class a student takes from an outside vendor. But many of the vendors charge far less; their average fees, to be paid by the state, are just $800.”

Food for thought…Appetizers

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
― Nelson Mandel

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” 
― Walter Cronkite

“And whether or not the educators who are trying to raise up America’s students can actually set and meet higher academic standards, our cultural values make their job next to impossible. It’s so much easier for pundits and politicians to point out figures and blame the people who are in the trenches every day than it is to get in there with them, or even to find out what actually goes on in those trenches. It’s so much easier for parents to blame teachers when their kids get in trouble than to do the heavy lifting required at home to keep kids on track. And it’s so much easier for us as a nation to cross our fingers and hope that we’ll “get lucky” with the innovative “solutions” being tested on America’s schools today than it is for us to roll up our sleeves and invest our own time, talent, and money in the schools that are even now– with or without us– shaping our nation’s future.” 
― Tony DanzaI’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” 
― Margaret Mead

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 
― Aristotle

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
― Nikos Kazantzakis

“Testing is not a substitute for curriculum and instruction. Good education cannot be achieved by a strategy of testing children, shaming educators, and closing schools.” 
― Diane RavitchThe Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

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