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Schoolhouse Rocked: Bobby Jindal Brings Real Education Reform to Louisiana

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/13 18:49:02

The laws passed by the Louisiana legislature last week read like a conservative education reformer’s wish list. Teacher tenure, which previously required three years of employment, will now be contingent on educators receiving a “highly effective” rating in five out of six consecutive years. Back-to-back “ineffective” ratings will be a firing offense. Seniority will no longer be a dominant factor in layoff decisions. Decisions about teacher employment and pay will largely devolve to principals and superintendents (they had previously been dominated by local school boards), allowing them to act with the dispatch becoming of an executive.

The reforms go well beyond personnel matters, however. They open up opportunities for charter schools, allowing new providers to enter the market. They offer vouchers that will allow poor and middle-income children in Louisiana’s worst schools to attend private or parochial institutions. They even expand opportunities for online learning.

Had Jindal tried something nearly as audacious in a union-dominated state like California, Illinois or New York, the proposal surely would have been stillborn in committee. But in right-to-work Louisiana, where the unions aren’t subsidized by compulsory membership, the best that organized labor can do is flail in anger after the fact. And flail they have.

In a move reminiscent of the outrage displayed by union forces opposing Governor Scott Walker’s reforms to public employment in Wisconsin, Louisiana teachers marched around the statehouse in Baton Rouge to protest Jindal’s proposal, predicting an imminent educational apocalypse.

Furthering the Wisconsin parallels, some of Jindal’s most fervent critics have launched a recall effort against the governor and his legislative ally, Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley, in the wake of the legislation. The effort isn’t expected to go anywhere, however (as Ben Wolfgang noted in the Washington Times earlier this week, there have been at least four prior recall attempts against Jindal, all of which have failed). That owes in part to the political culture of Louisiana. But it also stems from the fact that the state’s voters don’t seem to share the sense of panic besetting its special interests.

Louisianans are sharp enough to realize that the dominant mantra of the education establishment – “spend more money, get better results” – has been disproved virtually everywhere it’s been tried over the past few decades. They’re also not susceptible to the doomsday fears that usually accompany efforts to create charter schools or implement voucher programs because such anxieties are contradicted by experience.

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  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/04/15 20:56:40
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    I like Bobby Jindahl and I think his plan is basically great. However, I'm not a fan of school vouchers, which would allow troublemakers into good schools.
  • fluer 2012/04/14 11:59:12
    fluer
    +1
    I hope it works and I am a teacher. The system is broken and the fix will take guts. This Governor is the man I so wanted to run for President. After the oil spill he went through the budget and removed all of the fat leaving the Louisiana budget a lean mean fighting machine and he also raised some taxes and fees to help pay off the debts so the state would return to fiscal responsibility. This is the brains we need to save the country. Louisiana has consistantly been in the bottom 5 of the states in Education and this overhaul will be tough. But the kids deserve a Governor who is truly looking out for them.
  • XZQZQ 2012/04/14 01:22:26
    XZQZQ
    +2
    A good start, but I favor school vouchers for all, regardless of income level, such as instituted by Indiana and Wisconsin...
  • RogerCoppock 2012/04/14 00:07:10
    RogerCoppock
    +1
    I looks like an effective plan - - - to dodge federal integration orders.
  • Gregaj7 2012/04/13 23:59:21
    Gregaj7
    +2
    Well done!
  • voice_matters 2012/04/13 22:25:49
    voice_matters
    except for the online learning what education reform?
  • BritPunk 2012/04/13 21:54:21 (edited)
    BritPunk
    Don't be fooled!! Just because he claims to be a faith healer and exorcist, he;s still a Trojan horse for militant Hinduism. Just look at him, he's obviously Muslim !!
  • voice_m... BritPunk 2012/04/13 22:26:42
    voice_matters
    just look at the stupid lb comments from brit.
  • BritPunk BritPunk 2012/04/13 22:30:43
    BritPunk
    I would ask what "lb comments" means but you have shown your courage by blocking me.
    Can't you recognize a Muslim when you see one ??
  • Grandbr... BritPunk 2012/04/13 23:12:53
    Grandbrother
    Wait....are you saying he's Hindi or Muslim?
  • BritPunk Grandbr... 2012/04/13 23:15:27
    BritPunk
    Same thing, he's un American. Have YOU examined his birth certificate??
  • Grandbr... BritPunk 2012/04/13 23:52:09 (edited)
    Grandbrother
    +1
    Are you being serious? The two are quite different. Hindi is an ancient, polytheistic religion while Islam is one of the three Abrahamc, monotheistic religions. And neither is inherently "un-American" as we have what's called "freedom of religion" here in the States, which allows for everyone to worship whatever religion they like or no religion at all.

    So what is the point you're getting exactly?
  • Getting... Grandbr... 2012/04/14 00:06:28
    GettingBarried
    I think the license plate read UVBNHD...I couldn't quite make it out though.
  • Grandbr... Getting... 2012/04/14 00:09:08
    Grandbrother
    I'm guessing so too, but I'm truly curious what this guy's getting at since he's hammering his "Muslim" point over and over here.
  • Getting... Grandbr... 2012/04/14 00:10:57
    GettingBarried
    Just trying to get a rise out of anyone that will play along.
  • Grandbr... Getting... 2012/04/14 18:45:23
    Grandbrother
    Hm. What a waste.
  • Defend ... Grandbr... 2012/04/14 02:07:01
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    Brit Punk is a Liberal Progressive from the UK
  • Aqua Su... Grandbr... 2012/04/15 20:58:49
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    Trolls don't have a point, except on the tops of their heads.
  • Defend ... BritPunk 2012/04/14 02:05:52
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    Why are you this Ignorant?
    Bobby Jindal is not a Muslim
    Bobby Jindal is American who was born to Indian Parents and he is a Catholic
  • alonnastorm 2012/04/13 21:48:48
  • voice_m... alonnas... 2012/04/13 22:28:10
    voice_matters
    +1
    yes you are partisan
  • alonnas... voice_m... 2012/04/13 22:46:09
    alonnastorm
    +1
    Jindal is a dunce!
  • voice_m... alonnas... 2012/04/13 22:47:17
    voice_matters
    +2
    whats that saying "need to be one, to know one"
  • alonnas... voice_m... 2012/04/14 00:51:28
    alonnastorm
    +1
    He is a total idiot and I wish him on your state!
  • voice_m... alonnas... 2012/04/14 00:54:19
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/14 02:08:36
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    His is smarter then you

    He competed in tennis tournaments, started a computer newsletter, a retail candy business, and a mail-order software company. He spent his free time working at the concession stands during LSU football games.[4] Jindal was one of 50 students nationwide admitted to the elite Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University, guaranteeing him a place in medical school. He was interested in public policy. Jindal also completed a second major in biology. He graduated in 1991 at the age of 20, with honors in both majors.[4][5]
    when you have the same accomplishments he has let me know
  • alonnas... Defend ... 2012/04/14 02:23:17
    alonnastorm
    +1
    If he had a brain and convictions he never would have connected himself with the republictard party... He is a kiss a_s and a dull
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/14 02:26:30
    Defend Western Civlization
    He is a Conservative your comments will very interesting to the American Voter...........................
  • alonnas... Defend ... 2012/04/14 02:31:35
    alonnastorm
    +1
    I am an American voter from the great state of Louisiana
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/14 02:43:02
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    sure you are
    Americans are not Racist like you
  • alonnas... Defend ... 2012/04/14 07:12:18 (edited)
    alonnastorm
    what an intelligent comment...NOT!
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/14 09:30:48
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    when obamacare is slapped down Americans will cheer
  • alonnas... Defend ... 2012/04/15 20:02:50 (edited)
    alonnastorm
    Only racist pigs like you will cheer...
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/15 20:22:16
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    No Americans will cheer
    So Allen West and Herman Cain are racist for not backing obamacare and saying obama sucks as a leader?
  • alonnas... Defend ... 2012/04/15 21:26:20
    alonnastorm
    Only racist pigs like you will cheer
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/16 00:36:23
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    Answer the Question
    So Allen West and Herman Cain are racist for not backing obamacare and saying obama sucks as a leader?
  • alonnas... Defend ... 2012/04/16 01:27:00
    alonnastorm
    The are self hating negros
  • Defend ... alonnas... 2012/04/16 01:34:59
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    No they are Americans who refuse to be Slaves to the Liberal progressive DNC
    When you serve in the military let me know
    thanks for showing that voting for the liberal progressive dnc is not logical
  • Getting... alonnas... 2012/04/14 00:07:28
    GettingBarried
    He's a dunce that is going to save you from yourself whether you realize it or not.
  • alonnas... Getting... 2012/04/14 01:29:42
    alonnastorm
    +1
    He's trying to save the 1% like all republictards...sorry not part of that

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