Bobby Jindal's school voucher program: the results are in

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Bobby Jindal's school voucher program: the results are in

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Louisiana voucher students score almost 30 points below average on LEAP tests
As Gov. Bobby Jindal tries again to fund his controversial school voucher program, new test scores indicate that many of the current students educated with public money in private schools are not thriving. Or at least they aren't yet.

Released Wednesday, LEAP scores for third- through eighth-graders show only 40 percent of voucher students scored at or above grade level this past spring. The state average for all students was 69 percent.

For accountability purposes, students attending private schools at taxpayer expense take the same standardized tests as their peers in public schools. In 2011, when the voucher program operated only in New Orleans, students averaged 33 percent proficiency.

Now seven schools in Jefferson and Orleans parishes have results so low -- less than 25 percent of voucher students proficient for three years running -- that they have been barred from accepting new voucher students in the fall, as per state policy. In Orleans, the schools are Life of Christ Academy, the Upperroom Bible Church Academy, Bishop McManus, Conquering Word Christian Academy Eastbank and Holy Rosary Academy. In Jefferson, they are Faith Christian Academy and Conquering Word Christian Academy.
Hmmm. There seems to one uniting feature of all those schools. Probably just a coincidence!
I wonder if their science tests look like this one? :lol:



Yuks aside, it's really sad for America though. :(
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Orrrrrrrrrr . . . the test results are now honest.

Why do you support the corrupt liberal machine teacher union fixing of standardized tests? http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... 9d8ee1.gif
Spoiler:
I didn't know that this was being taught to her until we heard a radio commercial together about the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit was coming to the TD Convention Center [in Greenville, South Carolina].

The Commercial starts out, "After 65 million years, the dinosaurs have returned ..." She commented immediately that it was only four thousand years ago. When I corrected her, she snapped back, "Were you there?" I have since taught my daughter differently, but I am sure she is confused now and plan to make sure she understands that teachers are people too and can be factually wrong.
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Looking for more information on the voucher program, I found this article from last summer:

Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools
(Reuters) - Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.

Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.

Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.
(Note: Since this article was published, the funding scheme has been ruled unconstitutional.)

Anyway, about the private schools kids can attend under this program:
That list includes some of the most prestigious schools in the state, which offer a rich menu of advanced placement courses, college-style seminars and lush grounds. The top schools, however, have just a handful of slots open. The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, for instance, has said it will accept just four voucher students, all kindergartners. As elsewhere, they will be picked in a lottery.

Far more openings are available at smaller, less prestigious religious schools, including some that are just a few years old and others that have struggled to attract tuition-paying students.

The school willing to accept the most voucher students -- 314 -- is New Living Word in Ruston, which has a top-ranked basketball team but no library. Students spend most of the day watching TVs in bare-bones classrooms. Each lesson consists of an instructional DVD that intersperses Biblical verses with subjects such chemistry or composition.

The Upperroom Bible Church Academy in New Orleans, a bunker-like building with no windows or playground, also has plenty of slots open. It seeks to bring in 214 voucher students, worth up to $1.8 million in state funding.

At Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier hopes to secure extra space to enroll 135 voucher students, though she now has room for just a few dozen. Her first- through eighth-grade students sit in cubicles for much of the day and move at their own pace through Christian workbooks, such as a beginning science text that explains "what God made" on each of the six days of creation. They are not exposed to the theory of evolution.

"We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children," Carrier said.

Other schools approved for state-funded vouchers use social studies texts warning that liberals threaten global prosperity; Bible-based math books that don't cover modern concepts such as set theory; and biology texts built around refuting evolution.
Bible-based math :?

biology texts built around refuting evolution :roll:

Students spend most of the day watching TVs :?
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Bible-based math! Pi is 3!

I will pray for you!

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:But they were pretty much at the bottom to begin with? Or is that Mississippi?
Released Wednesday, LEAP scores for third- through eighth-graders show only 40 percent of voucher students scored at or above grade level this past spring. The state average for all students was 69 percent.
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Administrators in public schools know how to erase wrong answers and provide correct answers.

These dingbats must just pray.
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hammegk wrote:Administrators in public schools know how to erase wrong answers and provide correct answers.

These dingbats must just pray.
Not the folks at my second-to-last high school (I've been to quite a few). Re-take after re-take. First semester had just got to school a little late in the semester, but I didn't have to worry about missing anything; classes were on hold while half the students were doing an nth take of the finals for the previous semester. And this was supposedly one of the best schools in the county. Same school I got in trouble for trying to take calc at the local community college. dingbats indeed.


Then I transferred to another high school less than a mile away, and complete opposite end of the spectrum. Weird. Well, it was high end until a new bullshit principle came in and dumbed everything down to the lowest common denominator. Bullshit counterproductive rules, needless added bureaucracy, sticking to the letter of the law as opposed to the spirit, etc.
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Mentat wrote:
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Bullshit counterproductive rules, needless added bureaucracy, sticking to the letter of the law as opposed to the spirit, etc.
I.E. The Real World.

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If it's "the Real World" it's only because idiots like that principal make it the real world.
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gnome wrote:If it's "the Real World" it's only because idiots like that principal make it the real world.
Him and many many more like him; females are to blame too.
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hammegk wrote:
Mentat wrote:
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Bullshit counterproductive rules, needless added bureaucracy, sticking to the letter of the law as opposed to the spirit, etc.
I.E. The Real World.

ps. p-cohn
The thing is, the school wasn't anywhere near like that before hand. The attitude was 'What's in the best interest of the student?' if the student was good and 'do better or GTFO' if the student wasn't. I went to industry where the same 'we'll let you bend the rules so long as you get the job done well' attitude. Yet heard plenty of stories (many coming from a well known company that sells a certain line of product similar to the name 'curve high') about stupid bureaucracy blunders due to rigidity and lack of proper communication. It comes down to the people involved.
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Louisiana’s Latest Anti-Scientific Folly, on Video
Lawmaker says faith healing should be allowed in science class.
By Zack Kopplin|Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 9:00 AM

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To get a sense of the supplemental materials approved under this law, you need look no further than its proponents. Suzanne Passman, who runs CreationEvidence.info, testifies in support of LSEA every year. (You can see her testimony here and here.) She highlights LSEA on her website and suggests supplemental materials from the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis (source of the Creation Museum), and the Discovery Institute, a think tank for intelligent design creationism. She also offers to provide notes from creationist lectures she has attended; my favorite is “Jurassic Prank,” which discusses “dragons as real creatures” and shows that “people saw dinosaurs and not so long ago.”

You might think that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Brown University biology major and someone who recently called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party,” would not support nonsense such as critiquing evolution with dragons. You’d be wrong. Jindal recently re-emphasized his support for teaching creationism in public schools through LSEA. As he said in an interview with NBC News:

“We have what’s called the Science Education Act that says if a teacher wants to supplement those materials, if the school board’s OK with that, if the state school board’s OK with that, they can supplement those materials.

“I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that some people have these beliefs as well. Let’s teach them about intelligent design. I think teach them the best science.”

Evolution is not the only scientific theory that is controversial to Louisiana politicians. Apparently, modern medicine is also subject to debate. Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory had a novel argument in defense of LSEA: It should not be repealed because he doesn’t want to “prematurely” declare that faith healing is “pseudo-science.”

During this year’s state Senate hearing to repeal LSEA, Guillory explained that he wouldn’t want to keep the “science” behind an experience he had with a witch doctor—who “wore no shoes, was semi-clothed, used a lot of bones that he threw around”—out of a public school science classroom.
More at the link including videos.
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"Jurassic Jindal" . . . I can write the ads for whatever corrupt excrement consumer makes it to the top of pile of corpses to win the democrat nomination.

"Yes, he is a complete whore . . . but he is not a complete idiot."

"Vote WHORE in '16! It's Important!"

"Last Time I Heard that Republican Stimulus Plan, I Fell Off My Pet Dinosaur!"

*Starts Forming Advertising Agency and Political Consultantship*

We are able to use NBLs, right? Oh what am I thinking?!!!

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