DuBos should point out that if the board is now "neck-deep in politics," that's certainly better than being way over your head in them, which was what prompted the suit; see http://jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2013/07/poli….
>Public support for higher ed has been cut by at least 85 percent since Jindal took office, and it’s starting to show in lower standards.
Keep in mind that since Jindal took office, overall spending on higher education actually is down only about $200 million, or a reduction of about 6 percent. But what I'm interested in, as one who has taught at LA universities for over a quarter century, is Dubos' alleged evidence that reductions of the last few years are "starting to show in lower standards." Money is tighter, no doubt, but if anything with the new, if tepid, accountability measures, an increased emphasis on teaching (most of the time, the Holmberger story aside), and with continually evolving technology, the quality of the product has been improving. Perhaps Dubos actually ought to set foot on an LA public campus, or come to my classroom where he will find challenging and demanding standards, before he makes off-the-cuff claims such as this.
Welcome to the party, Clancy ... 11 months late: http://jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2012/02/repo…. Or maybe you read it and forgot where you got these ideas.
>The State employs about 25-28% of all residents. Uh ... that's well over a million people. Try 2.5-2.8%.
And now, the rest of the story: http://jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2012/12/hain…
Hi, Stephanie, and you rite: http://jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2012/10/appr….
Unlike Gambit, which whiffed on most of these: http://jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2012/10/fewe….
For completeness sake, this cursory try needs to note two additional things. First, the only reason governors appear to exercise outsized power is that the Legislature lets them. There are plenty of legislative devices to thwart the governor, they simply are not practiced (Wayne Parent's "Inside the Carnival" offers a great discussion of this point). Second, let's recognize Geymann's act for what it was -- not of defiance, but a cheap political stunt that substitutes symbol for substance; see http://jeffsadow.blogspot.com/2012/06/geym….
We ain't buying what you're selling. Reform was an issue in the fall elections, and discussed by BESE candidates. Jindal gave speeches in January discussing exactly what was coming. Prefiling required that the contents of the bills were available about two weeks before committee, then another week passed before they hit the House floor, and the process continues. Before bills even were filed, several interest groups, with varying degrees of validity, issued research reports on these. This narrative of things being "rushed" is pushed by those who know they are losing the battle of ideas on this, since that's all they have left.
Dubos writes about "major flaws" then manages only to find one in his opinion, the way in which local charter authorizes are established, although he concedes "the bar appears to be high." Indeed it is; go read the bill (pp. 8-9) and it becomes apparent this is a non-issue.
Nor does Dubos fool anybody when he bleats about not being part of the "status quo," holding out his support of the charter concept as proof, just like decades ago when prejudiced Southern whites tried to inoculate themselves against charges of being racists by telling their interlocutors about how many black friends they had. If Dubos show us the columns he has written supporting the HB 974 changes (or, alternatively, singly correcting for the flaws in the curent tenure model, merit pay, SSEEP, etc.), the value-added evaluation model, reducing the political power of school boards, etc. then maybe he has credibility to make such a statement.
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