Readers of the blog may recall that I was asked to resign my non-paid affiliation with the Brookings Institution last June because I was “inactive.”

When I read this morning that Brookings will be hosting an event where the keynote speaker will be Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, I realized the institution had changed very considerably from the time that I worked there in the mid-1990s.

In my view, Bobby Jindal is leading an extremist rightwing crusade to dismantle public education in Louisiana as well as the teaching profession. He is clearing the path for for-profit vendors of online virtual schools that are known to produce a poor quality of education. He pushed through a voucher program that enables children to go to religious schools that teach creationism.

I note in the invitation below that Brookings, under the leadership of Grover Whitehurst, who worked in the George W. Bush administration, how has an “Education Choice and Competition Index.”

In my view, based on four decades of study, competition and choice have produced no benefit to America’s children. I prefer the Finnish way, where the nation’s social and education policy concentrates on improving the lives of children and families while strengthening the education profession and supporting an equitable public education system.

That view will not be heard at this conference, and I fear, will no longer be represented at the Brookings Institution.

► December 7, 2012
Brown Center on Education Policy
Dear Friend,I would like to invite you to join us at Brookings on Tuesday, December 11 where I will be hosting an event to mark the release of the annual Brown Center on Education Policy’s 2012 Education Choice and Competition Index. The index ranks and analyzes more than 100 of the largest school districts in America on their extent of school choice and competition. Not only are we looking forward to announcing the winning district at this event but we are also honored to have Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana as a keynote speaker.Governor Jindal will deliver an address offering his reflections on education reform in his state and the nation in the context of school choice and competition, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

For more information or to register, visit the event page.

To register to attend the event click here.

To register to watch the live webcast of the event click here.

Also, you can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #choiceindex.

Thank you,

Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst
Director, Brown Center on Education Policy