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Letter: A line has been drawn

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Dear Superintendent John White & BESE,

Be it known today that the line has been drawn! The people are awakening to the truth. We have seen and heard enough. We now fully realize the lies, the incompetency, the cover ups, the under the table deals, the conflicts of interests, the political games, and the bullying. We have witnessed the manipulation of superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and students. We have seen how you have pitted children, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents against one another for your financial, political, and personal gain. And most of all, we have seen the utter and complete degradation of education in Louisiana and the depletion of self-esteem in our children. And we are MAD!!!!

We, the citizens of Louisiana, have seen children weep, beat their heads on desks, curl up in a ball and hide in the closet. We have seen them throw up uncontrollably, develop stomach ulcers and regress in their childhood development. We have seen them suck their thumbs until they develop sores and pull their hair out. We have taken them to psychologists, pediatricians, gastrointestinal specialists, and tutors. We have seen the charter conversion, data collection, and we know about grit, tenacity, and perseverance. WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH AND WE ARE MAD!!!!!!

We may not have the money that you, the US Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, the US Chambers of Commerce, Ed Trust, LABI, CABL, Teach for America, Stand on Children and whomever else you have on your speed dial. But do you want to know what we do have? We have VOTES!

Be it known that you; John White, Chas Roemer, Judy Miranti, Holly Boffy, Jay Guillot, Kira Jones, Connie Bradford, and Jim Garvey, have 8 months to update your resumes. You may have the power of manipulation and lies, but if my estimates are correct, and if we have over 700,000 students in Louisiana, that we probably have over 1,000,000 parents that vote in this state. You may have the ability to manipulate the numbers, twist the truth, and refuse to hear what we have to say for now. But come October the citizens will speak loud and clear! We will vote you AND Common Core out of Louisiana!

So go ahead and enjoy your limelight and your kickbacks because we are done! And Mr. White, we don’t back down, we double down!!!!

Caryn Jenkins

Stonewall, LA