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Potential 2015 Budget Cuts Have John White “Worried” About Paying for Testing

February 23, 2015

It is common knowledge that Louisiana has some undisclosed arrangement with Pearson via Data Recognition Corp (DRC) for Louisiana’s supposed 2015 “PARCC” tests.

What is not known is whether Louisiana Superintendent John White has made some promise to official PARCC vendor Pearson regarding contracting future Louisiana testing for the “favor” of rigging Louisiana into Pearson-run PARCC tests.

If White has promised future Louisiana testing to Pearson, it seems that the 2015-16 budget might not allow him to deliver as easily as he once thought.

On February 23, 2015, the following information was released on Channel 4 WSVM.com:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – State Education Superintendent John White says he’s concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget proposal will strip dollars for student testing. …

Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish says no specific testing cuts are proposed in the governor’s spending recommendations for next year, which will be unveiled Friday (February 27).

In a conference call Monday (February 23), White said he’s heard speculation Jindal’s budget would cut money the state education department uses to pay for standardized testing required under state and federal law.

He says that could put $800 million in federal aid Louisiana receives at risk.

Parrish said every state agency will face “strategic reductions to contracts” in the governor’s budget proposal, but she said White’s department can decide where to cut its contracts.

If White wants his testing, he might have to cut some of his virtually useless Teach for America (TFA) cronies from their so-called “jobs” at the Louisiana Department of Education.

Tough call, I’m sure.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

 

7 Comments
  1. questioning mom permalink

    Didn’t Jindal appoint White? Why doesn’t he just fire him and appoint someone else?

    • Jindal recommended White to the state board. The state board is White’s “boss.”

      • Smart Mom permalink

        Who appoints the state board? Jindal?

      • The board is elected. Jeb Bush and other corporate reformers financially influenced the 2011 elections.

      • Smart Mom permalink

        Thanks for the info! My state is different.

  2. Paige permalink

    What do the budget cuts mean for public school operations? Do you see this as helping out the charter schools advancement in any way?

    • Charters often have philanthropic and other business (e.g., hedge fund) money coming in. So, yes, since public schools do not receive major philanthropic or business operating support, cutting public school operations can cripple public schools and lead to more charters.

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