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.’”