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La. Supt. Fabricates Three Years Of Teaching Into Five To Garner Questionable Certification

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.17.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana has three levels of ed leader certification. Ed Leader 1 requires no teaching experience. Ed Leader 2 requires three years of teaching exper...

La. Superintendent John White Sues Citizens Who Made Public Records Requests

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

James Finney, a Louisiana citizen, has filed numerous unanswered public records requests for information related to school enrollments and statistical...

Louisiana Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards on Charters and Vouchers

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.29.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Under Edwards, it seems that school choice in Louisiana is finally going to experience some long-overdue attention from a governor not overtly biased toward charters and vouchers. This is good.

Louisiana's New Governor: Hello, John Bel; Goodbye Bobby.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Recently-unknown Democrat John Bel Edwards is officially Governor-Elect of Louisiana. He beat nationally-known Republican David Vitter 56 percent to 44 percent.

Louisiana's 2014-15 High School Letter Grades... So Many A's....

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.01.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On October 29, 2015, Louisiana state superintendent John White released the 2014-15 school performance scores for Louisiana high schools enrolling grades 9 - 12.

Obama Officials Resurrect George W. Bush Deregulation Plan

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has quietly resurrected a deregulation project from the George W. Bush administration, one with t...

Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-Grade NAEP Anaysis

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On the 2011 NAEP in both math and reading, eight-grade students in Louisiana's traditional public schools outscored their charter-school counterparts by between two and three standard deviations.

A Bad Day for the RSD "Improvement" Narrative: The History of La. Graduation Rates

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

This intentional marketing of RSD as an "improving" product reveals the priority to promote an image rather than truth. It's all part of the sale, part of the effort to manipulate the actions of prospective RSD buyers.

Louisiana's PARCC Contract- But Not Really

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not have a 2015 contract with official Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test vendor, Pearson.

Louisiana Superintendent John White Now Chairs Jeb Bush's Seriously-Dwindling "Chiefs for Change"

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.10.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana Superintendent John White has just been made chair of Jeb Bush's privatizing-reform superintendent's club, Chiefs for Change. Now, that reads really fancy, until one notices that Jeb's little club is, well, little.

To Georgia Lawmakers: Louisiana Scholarship Eligibility Isn't Happening for State-run New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD) Graduates

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

RSD schools need to be comprehensively and regularly audited, and that audit must reconciling state-level testing and graduation data with data from outside agencies such as ACT. Otherwise, the state can just produce whatever it wants by way of high-stakes data and slap an official label on it unchecked.

Louisiana's Class of 2014 ACT Scores Are in This Post

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The RSD Class of 2014 was in third grade when Katrina hit. The state has been in charge of their education since then, and this is what they have to show for their test-score-driven, charter-friendly, Teach-for-America-friendly, so-called "education." Nothing remotely touching "college ready." A sham.

Release La.'s Class of 2014 ACT Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

RSD student test results can no longer be dismissed as the residue of pre-Katrina education disappointment. That RSD new car smell is gone, John White.

PARCC Is Down to DC Plus Ten States, and Louisiana Isn't One of Them

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana State Superintendent John White insists that Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in the spring of 2015.

False Apologies From Arne Duncan

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

It is perhaps not surprising, in an election season when so many of those who attempted to impose these changes stand to lose their jobs that Duncan and others would feign a change of heart. If you listen carefully, it is not really a change at all.

Rebecca Klein

Bobby Jindal Wants Teachers To Know They Have Free Speech Rights, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) wants teachers to know they can complain about the Common Core State Standards all they want. On Wednesday, Jindal ...

The Truth About Those New Orleans 'Miracle' Charter AP Outcomes

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

To the districts nationwide that are watching the New Orleans Charter Circus with wide eyes, know that any reported New Orleans charter "miracle" patently contradicts its consistently unimpressive outcomes.

Why the Jindal Loss Was Expected Regarding Louisiana's PARCC Injunction

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Jindal administration is seeking a stay of Hernandez's ruling and an expedited writ of appeal to the First Circuit. They believe Hernandez is wrong. Hernandez is wrong. However, Jindal's defense really dropped the ball on this one- for whatever reason.

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Has Done A Complete 180 On The Common Core

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but...

Joy Resmovits

Why Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Allies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent Tuesday fending off a legal attack from his allies. Two years ago, Jindal visited a charter school operated ...

Louisiana 'Annual Tests' Tied Up in the New Mexico Courts?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

June 18, 2014, was an interesting day in Louisiana politics and education. (I realize these two are now one and the same, but humor me.)

Common Core Memorandum of Understanding Not Just for 'Development'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In canceling the Common Core State Standards MOU, Jindal canceled adherence to the CCSS process as a whole. But there is more to the CCSS MOU that Jindal canceled.

Joy Resmovits

Louisiana Special Education Bill Would Segregate Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

Should schools expect students with a disability to know the same things as other kids their age to advance and graduate? This decades-old question...

The Black Photographer: Race and Photography (a Conversation With Brent Lewis)

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Suchitra Vijayan

"I have a reason to do this. I represent a branch of people. When I go somewhere, I represent them. They are not just a story. They know I care, because their story is my story. The light that they are cast on, gets cast on me. I have a responsibility."

2013 Louisiana School Letter Grades: Recovery School District Gains Nothing

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On October 23, 2013, John White released the long-awaited, capriciously calculated 2013 Louisiana school performance scores (SPS) and letter grades. I...