La. schools chief takes issue with website post by state rep

La. schools chief takes issue with website post by state rep




Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White says Napoleonville Republican Rep. Joe Harrison has posted a letter on his website about an aspect of education reform that is "just flagrantly false." The post, which appeared Tuesday, concerns Act 54 of the 2010 legislative session, which goes into effect this fall. In his post, Harrison says charter schools are exempt from the law, 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. "There is not even the requirement that students in private charter schools take the LEAP test," Harrison says in the post. White says charter schools are not private by definition, and that students at them are thus required to take the LEAP test. "ACT 54 explicitly says charter schools must do this," White says, adding Harrison has been ardently opposed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reforms and is exhibiting "a pattern of putting things out that are not true." Harrison did not return multiple calls from Daily Report for comment this morning. White says he has tried to contact Harrison about the post as well but has not heard back. "Frankly, I just always thought that he didn't understand it. Instead, it looks to me that he's willfully disregarding the facts," 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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