By Robert Mann

Would you pay $6,300 in tuition to send your child to a private school with uncertified teachers, insufficient computers and no proper classrooms, and at which the “teaching” occurred mostly by plopping students in front of televisions to watch lessons on DVDs? Of course you wouldn’t. But the Louisiana Department of Education would.

children watching TV at SAMS Club
(Photo credit: zen)

Those following Gov. Bobby Jindal’s troubled private-school voucher program might recall that the state last year awarded 165 voucher slots to the New Living World School in Ruston. (In a moment of Orwellian inspiration, Jindal and the Legislature dubbed their voucher plan the “Student Scholarships of Education Excellence Program.”)

Despite embarrassing questions last year from legislators and the media about the school’s abysmal instruction, its lack of classroom space and the absence of qualified teachers, state Education Superintendent John White awarded the voucher slots.

Actually, calling this Ruston fly-by-night operation a “school” is like calling beef jerky prime rib. Yet, with full knowledge that the institution was little more than a shell of a school, White and Jindal handed it more than $600,000 of your money.

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4 thoughts on “When it comes to education “reforms,” isn’t it time to hold Jindal and White accountable?

  1. So, wait…as a classroom teacher, I’m supposed to be accountable for every student every minute of every day, keep scores high, make sure I’m following the aborted Danielson rubric the state approved, and there’s NO accountability in the DOE?


  2. So, wait…as a classroom teacher, I’m responsible for every student every minute of every day, held to keep scores high, adhering to the aborted Danielson rubric the state approved, but there’s NO accountability for or at the DOE? Seems like someone needs to devise a rubric for them to follow.Oh, never mind, that would require ethics and transparency.


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