Is Sen. Mary Landrieu hearing Bobby Jindal's footsteps sneaking up on her upcoming 2014 election, or does she really believe the nonsense she spouted at the center for American Progress recently?
As quoted in this American Independent article, Landrieu sounds as reflexively opposed to public schools as any of the governor's pro-charter minions.
The senator has long supported charter schools, but her rhetoric has never risen to the obnoxiously anti-public level revealed in this statement: "If traditional teachers and principals can rally themselves and admit that they failed … they can be part of turnaround. If not, they can leave.”
Not that there is really all that much to brag about in the charter schools that Landrieu champions. In fact, according to an April 2011 report from Research on Reforms.org, improvement "for the vast majority of the (Recovery School District) schools is at best pathetic."
If we really want to go there and talk about pathetic performance, the U.S. Senate might be a place to start. Imagine the senator's consternation if a potential rival would say, "If senators and congressmen can rally themselves and admit that they failed … they can be part of turnaround. If not, they can leave.”