This Tuesday, May 29th, a meeting of the Louisiana Accountability Commission will be held to make decisions about the SPS rating systems for schools this coming year along other issues related to Louisiana's No Child Left Behind waiver. If you sign up for our data base of defenders of public education now, you will be one of the first to see what changes will be mandated for your school in the next school year. All I really need is your email address and zip code, but if you wish, you can also include your name, education position and school or any other important data.
Fair Warning! Destruction of Public Schools is Becoming a Nationwide Effort:
Governor Jindal appeared on national television this week to announce that presidential candidate Mitt Romney is basically adopting the Louisiana plan for education reform with the intention of implementing much of the plan on a nationwide basis. In particular, Romney would like to implement a system of federal vouchers for students transferring from public to private schools and allow the federal funding to follow the student just as Louisiana is doing with the MFP. Jindal also pointed out that Romney would support the idea of revamping (destroying) the teacher tenure laws and eliminating seniority in personnel decisions. In his national TV interviews Jindal criticized the LAE for opposing tying teacher evaluations to student performance but neglected to mention that LAE has sponsored legislation (see last week's post) that would have tied teacher evaluations to multiple measures of student performance instead of just one test. This is not just a Republican issue. In my opinion President Obama and his Secretary of Education Duncan are also moving aggressively to replace public schools with charters and other forms of privatization.