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Jindal, Louisiana Education Reform, Fascists And Childish
Written by  // Tuesday, 20 March 2012 15:39 //

school-books"I am not a fascist."

"I will not be silenced by you."

"You are destroying the chance for our kids to be educated."

These are just some of the messages coming out of the Governor Jindal’s office and from certain the voices from the Louisiana legislature.

If our school kids acted like some of what we are hearing and reading about, they would have detentions for life.

Without doubt, Louisiana education reform is sorely needed and now is a good opportunity to take up the call. Governor Jindal's legislation should be seriously and sincerely debated. Our kids want a better school environment, our parents want their kids to compete and our businesses want educated and skilled talent for their workforces.

Unfortunately, some of the statements being thrown around the public discourse over education deserve an F Grade for “false”.

Here is the latest:

From Louisiana Senator Karen Carter

 

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In case you missed it, New Orleans Parish School Board President Thomas Robichaux is quoted in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune likening Governor Jindal’s education reforms to Benito Mussolini and fascism.

 

Equating Governor Jindal’s plan to provide every Louisiana child with the opportunity to a great education with a fascist dictator who stood side by side with the Nazi regime during the deadliest conflict in world history is entirely out of bounds.

 

As Governor Jindal said, we all need to check our ideologies and parties at the door when it comes to reforming our schools for Louisiana’s students.

 

These comments by the Orleans Parish School Board President do nothing to elevate public discourse or improve educational outcomes for students who deserve better from our education system.

Background:

Times-Picayune: “[Orleans Parish School Board President Thomas] Robichaux takes the argument further than most, though. He worries that Gov. Bobby Jindal is out to charter every school in the state and sees the Republican bent for privatization as a cousin of the fascism that Benito Mussolini imposed on 1930s Italy. ‘The modern Republican party is very fascist-oriented,’ Robichaux said. ‘It's modern fascism -- corporations taking over the government.’” (Andrew Vanacore, “New Orleans School Board president says he’s fighting modern fascism,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, 3/19/12)

Political allies of Governor Jindal's Education Agenda have decided that reasonable debate on the radical re-direction of public education in our State should be stopped. Employing all the tactics of a negative political campaign, they have begun an assault on legislators that have the integrity to stand up for their constituents.

Anyone who will not simply roll-over in the face of pressure from the Jindal Administration is now a target for silencing. You can see one of the appalling negative attacks below:





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We cannot let these attacks silence real debate on these issues, or allow a partisan political campaign to distract from the critical debate about the future of education in Louisiana. Our children deserve an honest, inclusive debate that earnestly studies the impact and direction of changes to our public education system. 

We will keep fighting to allow for the thorough review and conversation that our State deserves. We will not let their political attacks silence the debate. 

From Governor Jindal's office:

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In case you missed it, New Orleans Parish School Board President Thomas Robichaux is quoted in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune likening Governor Jindal’s education reforms to Benito Mussolini and fascism.

 

 

 

Equating Governor Jindal’s plan to provide every Louisiana child with the opportunity to a great education with a fascist dictator who stood side by side with the Nazi regime during the deadliest conflict in world history is entirely out of bounds.

 

As Governor Jindal said, we all need to check our ideologies and parties at the door when it comes to reforming our schools for Louisiana’s students.

These comments by the Orleans Parish School Board President do nothing to elevate public discourse or improve educational outcomes for students who deserve better from our education system.

Background:

 

 

 

Times-Picayune: “[Orleans Parish School Board President Thomas] Robichaux takes the argument further than most, though. He worries that Gov. Bobby Jindal is out to charter every school in the state and sees the Republican bent for privatization as a cousin of the fascism that Benito Mussolini imposed on 1930s Italy. ‘The modern Republican party is very fascist-oriented,’ Robichaux said. ‘It's modern fascism -- corporations taking over the government.’”(Andrew Vanacore, “New Orleans School Board president says he’s fighting modern fascism,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, 3/19/12)

Aaron Baer

Deputy Director of Communications

Office of the Governor

by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com


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