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A Comprehensive Audit of John White’s La. Ethics Admin. Filings | deutsch29

A Comprehensive Audit of John White’s La. Ethics Admin. Filings | deutsch29:

A Comprehensive Audit of John White’s La. Ethics Admin. Filings




On October 15, 2015, I read all of the documents that Louisiana superintendent John White has on file with the Louisiana Ethics Administration since January 11, 2012 to date, using the Ethics Admin search engine.
In this post, I would like to share what I learned. Specifically, White has filed 60 documents with the Louisiana Ethics Administration since his arrival in Louisiana in 2011; four are annual “personal financial disclosure” reports for 2011-2014; four are amendments to the personal financial disclosure reports, and the remaining 52 are “affidavits regarding compensation for attending an educational or professional development seminar or conference by a public servant”– statements of his whereabouts in the name of “public service” and the cost to Louisiana taxpayers for reimbursing White for such travels.
In this post, I briefly examine each document and group like documents. Links to all 60 documents are included, as well. Think of this post as a digest/audit of John White’s mandated ethics filings.
Here we go.
Let’s start with White’s annual personal financial disclosures (2011-14), both original A Comprehensive Audit of John White’s La. Ethics Admin. Filings | deutsch29:

The Washington Teacher: Five Years and Counting, And No WTU Contract For YOU!

The Washington Teacher: Five Years and Counting, And No WTU Contract For YOU!:

Five Years and Counting, And No WTU Contract For YOU!



By Candi Peterson, WTU Gen. Vice President

Statements or expressions of opinions herein 'do not' represent the views or official positions of DCPS, AFT, Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) or its members. Views are my own. 


Mass emails were sent out to many DC Public Schools teachers on the Columbus day holiday to their DC government email accounts and some personal email accounts from a relatively unknown teacher who refers to himself as Coach Spinner.  You may recall Coach Spinner as he ran against me for WTU General Vice President position on the Saunders slate in 2013 and lost.

The subject of the email sent to members was titled the “New WTU” and introduced readers to a blog which harshly criticizes current WTU President Elizabeth “Liz” Davis for failing to address Impact-teacher evaluation system, financial malfeasance and failure to get a union contract which is the union president’s primary responsibility as the “Chief Negotiator.”

Based on a little digging, I have learned that Coach Spinner is a campaign surrogate for former WTU President Nathan A. Saunders who lost his bid for presidency in 2013. So it seems according to a former WTU staffer now working for him, Saunders wants another shot at the WTU presidential seat. No surprise here.

When I asked union members if they knew who Coach Spinner was their typical response was they did not know him. One of the current WTU Executive Board members who requested anonymity agreed that she didn’t know The Washington Teacher: Five Years and Counting, And No WTU Contract For YOU!:

Another Out-of-State $1.4 Million Pumped into Louisiana BESE Election | deutsch29

Another Out-of-State $1.4 Million Pumped into Louisiana BESE Election | deutsch29:

Another Out-of-State $1.4 Million Pumped into Louisiana BESE Election




According to an October 14, 2015, campaign finance filing of Louisiana businessman Lane Grigsby’s Empower Louisiana PAC, billionaires John and Laura Arnold contributed $625,000 on September 18, 2015, to Grigsby’s PAC via the Arnold 501(c)4 lobbying nonprofit, Action Now Initiative.
Former New York mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, contributed an additional $800,000 on October 02, 2015.
According to Empower Louisiana PAC, the additional $1.4 million will go toward promoting four candidates in the October 24, 2015, Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) election. Two of the candidates, Jim Garvey (District 1) and Holly Boffy (District 7), already hold BESE seats and have been faithful supporters of the corporate reform agenda.
Retired teacher Lee Barrios is running against Garvey for District 1. Barrios is known for her constant presence at BESE meetings and her frequent public records requests.
As for Boffy’s opponent, career educator Mike Kreamer of District 7 does not share Another Out-of-State $1.4 Million Pumped into Louisiana BESE Election | deutsch29:



EduShyster and I Tag Team On A Microphone | The Jose Vilson

EduShyster and I Tag Team On A Microphone | The Jose Vilson:

EduShyster and I Tag Team On A Microphone



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A couple of weeks ago, EduShyster visited my classroom because she’s my cousin, not in a biological way, but in the Dominican way where, when you think you’ve run out of cousins, out comes another one. Or, in this case, she’s an almost-kin.
Such is the case for one of the few people outside of my school building who’ve visited my classroom more than once. As she’s grown into a new role of provocateur, challenging her own notions about education reform, she’s caught serious heat from reformers and traditionalists alike. The former wonders what she’s up to and the latter thinks she’s lost her way. Instead, she defies both through her usual wit and candor, and gives us glimpses of people we might not otherwise get if we stuck with EduShyster and I Tag Team On A Microphone | The Jose Vilson:

An Ode to Public Education Privateers in Contemporary Times | msvigeljsmith

An Ode to Public Education Privateers in Contemporary Times | msvigeljsmith:

An Ode to Public Education Privateers in Contemporary Times 



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What’s scarier than ghouls and goblins this Halloween?
Privateers (during the American Revolution) achieved the best results if they could bluff an opponent into believing opposition was futile. When this failed the result was often vicious combat with unpredictable results. Many privateers were captured or sunk when the odds were against them. In spite of all the risks and hazards, the overall effort to cripple Britain’s commercial fleet was highly effective, and fortunes destined to finance the new republic were made. It is estimated that the total damage to British shipping by American privateers was about $18 million by the end of the war, or just over $302 million in today’s dollars.”  ~The National Park Service
An Ode to Education Privateers in Contemporary Times
To you so bold and brazen
Big Education Ape: The New American Privateers http://bit.ly/1Mcg2OK

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Child Poverty Target - First Focus
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Melissa Harris-Perry on how Chicago Public Schools 'enabled' corruption | MSNBC
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