Louisiana deserves our attention because it is an extreme example of the corporate reform agenda at work.

As Reuters put it, the “reform” agenda targets the very existence of public education. The radical goal of Governor Bobby Jindal is privatization. Wiping out the teaching profession is a strategy to turn teachers into a compliant workforce, unable to challenge the privatization plan.

Testifying before the state senate education committee, a researcher pointed out another prong of the governor’s strategy: the distortion of data to bloat claims of success. Many researchers have
complained that the state scrubbed the data from its website that was once available to analyze test scores. Herb Bassett testified:

“My subsequent research revealed deceit, distortion, manipulation of scores and data suppression.”

Hiding, distorting, and suppressing data. Not good. Not good at all.