Thursday, October 22, 2015

Unbelievable! Billionaires Making Dramatic Moves Aimed at Taking Over All Control of Public Education in Louisiana!

Please read this article, just published in The New Orleans Tribune. This is probably the most dramatic public school takeover effort ever in the history of our state!

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and owner of a billion dollar media empire had contributed $800,000 this month alone to Louisiana elections. California Billionaire Eli Broad has contributed $250,00 and the Walton family heirs have contributed over $850,000!

If you vote for the highly financed candidates owned by these billionaires, this Saturday, you are signing over our public education system. Our children will pay the price.

Let me put it more bluntly. If you are a public school educator, and if you and your relatives and friends vote for those candidates for BESE with the slick TV ads talking about letter grades for schools and pay raises for the "good" teachers, here's what you can really expect if they get elected: More crazy merit pay schemes based on student test scores, further elimination of step increases for years of experience, attacks on the teacher retirement system as an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers, and more and more charter and voucher schools that will employ anyone with a college degree as a teacher because all children will need to prepare them for college are test rehearsers who get no retirement benefits. But there will be no restrictions on how much the managers of these "choice" schools can be paid for their services with our tax dollars. This is where education is headed. 

The amounts of money committed to the takeover of public education in Louisiana are breathtaking! Notice that the big focus is on BESE, but there are major contributions to legislators, both Republican and Democrat. This is an all out effort by certain billionaires to simply take over every aspect of public education in Louisiana. Is this some sort of a perverted hobby; a creepy pet project of the super rich?

Why Louisiana? What do they expect to accomplish here? Is Louisiana going to become some kind of demonstration project for the most extreme education reforms in the history of our nation?

Someday historians will write books about this unbelievable experiment in education and social engineering!


Anonymous said...

Are they funding Louisiana's politicians due to our past history of corruption by elected officials? Do they believe our politicians and their votes can be bought and sold to the highest bidder?

Sadly, seeing is believing.

Michael Deshotels said...

Anonymous: You could be right in that these out-of-state billionaires and our own home grown super rich feel that it is much simpler to just buy the votes of easily corruptible politicians than to try to make a logical case for the changes they want. One of the assumptions of these new "reformers" is that the people cannot be trusted to run our school systems using our present democratic system of electing our school board members. So their plan is to allow entrepreneurs to set up competing schools that will produce excellence by competing for our students based on school performance scores. What they have failed to consider is that in the unregulated world of charters and vouchers, "entrepreneurs" just as soon cheat to get high school performance scores. There is mounting evidence that some school administrators are dumping their lowest performing students into the streets as early as 7th and 8th grade. How does this improve education or close the achievement gap? That's why I say that the billionaires are tinkering with something they know almost nothing about. But it is a fun way to spend their millions on their new hobby of taking over education.

Anonymous said...

I emailed the link for The New Orleans Tribune article to Moon Griffon, four Lake Charles American Press reporters and a KPLC TV 7 reporter.