In January 2005, I bought a house in Muncie, Indiana, to remodel.
It was quite the adventure for a number of reasons, one of which was the creative ways that the previous owner managed to dodge making structurally-sound renovations.
For example, the electrical system was in chaos. When the electrician opened up the breaker box, it was half empty. He remarked, “There are not enough breakers here to be running the electricity in this house.”
I understood, for I had discovered some of those ingenious (and dangerous) ways that the electricity had been rigged.
Extension cords abounded. One was used to run the dishwasher. Another, the electric garage door. A third was stapled beneath the bathroom counter in lieu of a GFCI outlet.
That, my friends, is how Louisiana Superintendent John White does state assessment contracts.
One plugged into another.
On June 18, 2014, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal filed executive orders to investigate both the process and spending associated with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tests to which Louisiana was connected, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessments.
The investigation requires White to produce contracts related to Louisiana’s using PARCC.