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Every Bill Proposed by La. House Ed Chair Nancy Landry Supports Test-Driven, Corporate Reform

March 5, 2016

Nancy Landry (R-Lafayette) is the chair of Louisiana’s 2016 House Education Committee, and every piece of legislation that she has proposed to date for the 2016 regular session intends to either extend or reinforce now-gone-Jindal’s anti-public school, pro-corporate-reform sentiments.

Every one.

nancy landry 2  Nancy Landry

On March 04, 2016,  I wrote a post about her proposed HB 392, which would create an open door for classroom teacher pay to be cut. As it turns out, HB 392 is the one on which Landry apparently put forth the most effort to create.

On Friday, March 04, 2016, Landry filed the following education bills:

HB 875, the goal of which is to keep the testing component of teacher evaluation at 50 percent. What she demonstrates here is her intention to keep in place the current law. It also makes her look productive even though all she really did was remove old dates from the current bill and add or change an inconsequential word here and there.

HB 874 is to keep the current state accountability system in place for public schools. Again, Landry only performed a cursory update, which allows her to put her name on yet another 2016, corporate-reform-friendly bill.

Her HB 871 is more creative but still a quick write; in it, Landry proposes that charter school teachers be exempted from having bachelors degrees and be allowed instead to complete ” a teacher credentialing program in conjunction with a postsecondary education institution.”

In her HB 674, which also concerns charters, Landry only changes one term, the word “potential” to “substantial likelihood,” as such concerns the success of the charter to deliver on it promised outcomes. Landry offers no further details regarding what exactly constitutes “substantial likelihood,” but she does get to rack up still one more 2016 proposed bill to her credit.

In HB 673, she plays the same “substantial likelihood”-for-“potential” word swap for course choice. Another quick bill-writing score.

Finally, in her HB 655, Landry attempts to expand the voucher program to prekindergarten and to all schools regardless of letter grade (thereby including schools graded A and B). This one, too, probably took all of ten minutes to compose. (Addendum 03-06-16: Note that the same day Landry filed this bill, Louisiana state superintendent John White was being schooled by BESE for fabricating voucher success in his annual voucher report.)

Even so, Bobby Jindal would be proud.

Wherever he is.

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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.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.

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  1. Follow the money. ALEC, the Kochs, the usual suspects. Maybe she wants to be the Art Pope of LA.

  2. Take a good look at her campaign contribution history and I am sure you will understand what truly motivates her.

    • In her case, it’s personal– some issue related to her child and a public school. I don’t have the details, but she apparently feels entitled to scale her bitterness.

  3. Jane Mayer, “Dark Money”, highlights the Koch Bros influen$e of state representatives throughout
    the country, particularly via ALEC

  4. Ken Watanabe permalink

    I think BESE gives her ‘I Owe U’ and have her sign it. And throw her proposal into “Laundry” machine.

  5. Reblogged this on David R. Taylor-Thoughts on Education and commented:
    Has anyone checked her bank statements to see who is paying her?

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