St. Tammany Parish’s School Performance Score is an A. Orleans Parish schools (not Recovery School District) has an A, but the Recovery School District has a D. In East Baton Rouge, students are fleeing the RSD (SPS F) to attend the traditional public schools (SPS C).
Before he released the 2012 School Performance Score, in the October meeting, state Education Superintendent John White asked (and received) the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s permission to alter the metric used to measure school performance for the next school year.
Issues of school performance are muddy for White. Here is his quandary: If he alters the scale so higher-scoring public schools are penalized, then he inadvertently makes it difficult for his own “public” charters to shine.
Conversely, if he makes it more difficult for “failing”public schools to “pass,” he lowers the performance scores of his already-failing RSD. He cannot easily separate out the charters from the traditional public schools (a “separate but equal” scoring system, if you will); unlike the “separate but equal” criteria for nonpublic versus public school accreditation, White has repeatedly stressed that “charter schools are public schools” since charters milk Minimum Foundation Program funding.
White has made some business deals, and he is finding it difficult to hand over those public school systems, especially flourishing systems, such as St. Tammany. Vouchers are a failure — he won’t even release the names of the supposed 47 students from St. Tammany; statewide, fewer than 2 percent of voucher-eligible students actually chose (there’s that word) to participate in the program. As for “parent trigger” — it has never been successful, and the movie promoting parent trigger laws, “Won’t Back Down,” was the worst-grossing movie in its opening week in over 30 years.
May the cards continue to fall for John White.