State commissioner of Education John White has outdone himself this time.
He puts forward one goofy plan after another, like sending children to schools that teach creationism and calling it “reform.”
But now he has an even nuttier idea: He wants to tie the funding for the state’s gifted high school students to their test scores. Really. No kidding.
It’s merit pay for kids.
What’s next: Tying funding for poor kids to their “performance?” Cutting their funding if they don’t get high enough test scores?
Currently the state has 10,000 students in gifted programs in high schools.
Under the present formula, they get 1.6 times the allotment as is available for those in general education.
The gifted students would take a cut to 1.3 times the regular students unless they hit the following goals:
Under the BESE-approved MFP plan students would qualify for the aid if:
“Eighth-graders score excellent on their Algebra I end of course test.
Ninth-graders score excellent on their geometry end-of-course test or 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement test, which can be used to qualify for college credit.
10th-graders score 3 or higher on an AP exam.
11th-graders score 3 or higher on an AP exam or 4 or higher on an International Bachelorette course, or IB.”
The savings would be small, but the message to students is that John White will cut their funding if they don’t get the scores he wants.
A few more big ideas like this and John White will turn Louisiana into an international laughing stock.
Unless he has already reached that goal.