State Superintendent John White took a pounding when he showed up at a local school board and gave his stock speech. A local reporter wrote:
State Supt. of Education John White addressed the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite
For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss, about the next layer of bureaucracy that is settling over the state’s education system that will supposedly lift Louisiana students out of the muck and mire of ignorance.
A teacher told White that if he and his staff were judged by the same standards applied to teachers, they would be rated ineffective.
When board members complained that the voucher program and the charters would drain their already strained budgets and that voucher students would be going to schools that teach creationism, White said he didn’t care about the financial stress for public schools as long as voucher students got an education. He didn’t explain why they would get a better education in the little denominational schools that teach creationism.
White said he saw no reason for teachers to be certified. A board member challenged him and said that was like going to a doctor who never went to medical school.
A large part of the Louisiana reform package bypasses local school boards and empowers the state education department. It’s fair to say they are no fans of John White or Bobby Jindal.
The radical privatization that Jindal and White are promoting is a run-through for the Romney agenda.
Louisiana is a playground for the education theories of the far right.