Mercedes K. Schneider, Ph.D., has been teaching full time for 19 years. She attended Louisiana State and graduated with a B.S. in secondary education, English and German (1991). Dr. Schneider taught for two years in Louisiana, then moved to Georgia, where she taught German (1993-94) and English (1994-98). While teaching, Mercedes Schneider earned her M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from West Georgia (1998).
In August 2002, she graduated from Northern Colorado with a Ph.D. in applied statistics and research methods. Dr. Schneider then taught graduate-level statistics and research courses at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), except for one undergraduate course: Tests and Measurement. In this course, Dr. Schneider addressed issues related to No Child Left Behind and taught students “how bad an idea it was to attempt to measure teacher performance using student standardized test scores.” In July 2007, Dr. Schneider returned to Louisiana to teach high school English in St. Tammany Parish. Since January 2013, she has been blogging about education reform issues at deutsch29.wordpress.com and also for @thechalkface and Huffington Post. Dr. Schneider has a book, A Chronicle of Echoes addressing key individuals and organizations promoting corporate reform with Information Age Publishing that recently been released.
Corporate reform is fond of euphemisms, of catchy names to disguise the truth of what amounts to the deliberate defunding of American public education in favor of the widespread, under-regulated corporate raiding of public dollars in exchange for “top-down-controlled,” often-substandard education “options.”
This is what self-styled education reformers call “school choice.”
Today, one of the most common ways for “choice” to manifest itself in a school system is via charter schools and vouchers. In this post, I will briefly focus on the unfolding of these two concepts in Louisiana. Read more