by John Kennedy, Louisiana Treasurer
At least three times a year, I clear my calendar and volunteer to substitute teach. I try to head back to the classroom on a regular basis-not because I need a crash course on the Pythagorean Theorem or the latest sixth grade gossip-but because I want to know what it's like to stand in front of students and help them learn.
While the Governor's focus, as of late, has been on a different legal matter, Common Core, Bobby Jindal's primary education achievement, his education reform will meet its sternest test--the Louisiana Supreme Court.
First published on CenLamar.com
In the late 1950s, Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long once said that the state’s attorney general didn’t know the difference between a jumpsuit and a lawsuit. “If you want to hide something from Jack Gremillion,” he said, “put it in a law book.”
In many ways, today, might be called the first day of the legislative seession 2014 as Governor Bobby Jindal submitted a balanced budget proposal to the Legislature. Here is the Jindal press release that explains the Executive budget and the governor's priorities.
As Louisiana progresses through its second year of its statewide Student Scholarships for Education Excellence program, data produced still can’t reveal whether the program is improving significantly the lot of children or what effect if any it may have, even as it succeeds on a cost basis.
Just a few weeks ago, the nation was shocked by the revelations at the athletic department at Grambling University. Football players actually boycotted a game to express their frustration with the horrific conditions. Players complained about filth, mold, and dirty uniforms.
Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal and his Superintendent of Education, John White, wants us to believe that their monumental reform program, “Louisiana Believes” will provide an honest, accountable, and more proficient way to provide the most fundamental service to our children, the best education possible that we can afford.
Imagine if an audit of Louisiana’s Head Start schools came back showing that almost every one of them kept sloppy records, so much so that the schools could not demonstrate that the government money they received was being “spent only on ‘educational purposes.’”
First it was a federal judge who threw out Piyush Jindal’s voucher plan in Tangipahoa Parish because it posed a major setback to the parish’s current desegregation consent decree.