Superintendent John White spent a low-key day in Orleans and Jefferson parishes on Tuesday talking with teachers and students about several of his signature initiatives. They include broadening access to early childhood education and making sure it prepares children for kindergarten; supplementing traditional coursework with virtual learning and other innovative options; creating a new career diploma that qualifies teenagers for well-paid industry jobs; and, of course, Common Core.

White, head of the state Department of Education, said he would ease teacher and school evaluation consequences this year, as new Common Core standards are implemented. “Lets give our teachers more room to do this work for the first time,” he said. 

The mayor has stopped pursuing the argument that Metro Disposal and Richard’s Disposal, which are paid on the basis of how many addresses they collect from, have been overcounting households. In return, the companies have agreed to basically stick with that disputed count, which dates from 2011, through the end of 2016.

The Police Officer’s Bill of Rights is completely nuts.  Its proponents argue that it merely parallels the right of citizens to a speedy trial, which is a horrendously bad analogy.  It effectively defines a police officer’s job as a “right,” which it is not – police officers should deal with the same job insecurity faced by the rest of us, particularly when they screw up.


Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...