Rep. Harrison stands by Web post drawing ire of Superintendent White
Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, says he's standing by a post on his website from Tuesday that Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White is today calling "just flagrantly false." "I'm a Louisiana resident that's been in politics a very long time at the local level, and I know the school system inside out. I have the background and the experience, as do members of my staff," Harrison says. "Mr. White is a visitor. I'm sorry, and I hate to be that blunt about it, but I've seen a lot of hurt in the education community and it's not deserved." In the post, which concerns Act 54 of the 2010 legislative session, Harrison says charter schools are exempt from the law that goes into effect this fall, and that their students will not be held to the same standards as those in public schools. You can read the post in its entirety here. White says the law clearly states the opposite of what Harrison claims in the post. Harrison, who formerly served on the Assumption Parish School Board and whose wife is a middle school principal, says it's still not clear how the law will work in practice. "I didn't do this just willy-nilly. I've asked Mr. White specific questions about this many times, and the response is always, 'We'll get back to you,' " Harrison says. "This is all theory. It has not been tested." In an article in Daily Report AM today—which you can read in its entirety here—White says, "It is just unfathomable that a public official would either be so unaware of the facts or would misrepresent them to such a degree." —Steve Sanoski
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