state superintendent en First Bell: State Superintendent's Lunch Hour Lessons <p></p><p><strong><em>The </em>First Bell <em>series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email <a href=""></a> <strong>with "My First Bell" in the subject line </strong>or tweet with the hashtag <a href=";src=hash" target="_blank">#MyFirstBell</a>.</em></strong></p><p>__________&nbsp;</p><p>When state Superintendent John White was playing sports in high school, he says the poverty of the kids who lived a mile or two away from him came into view.<br /><br />"I think there was something always, in a way, powerful, about being in a low-income community’s home court. Because, when you come in with your nice uniforms and, you know, you practice everyday in a nice gym or on a nice field, and you play guys whose uniforms don’t quite look the way they should, or the gym’s in bad shape, and the field is also a soccer, also a baseball, also a something else field, you get a very material view of what inequity looks like."<br /><br />White found the disparity was something he couldn’t turn his back on.</p><p>He now oversees the education of Louisiana’s roughly 700,000 public school students. But he started his career teaching English in a high-poverty high school in Jersey City, NJ.<br /><br />He says he never considered a career in private education, even though he went to an elite all-boys school — St. Albans in Washington, D.C. — from elementary school all the way through 12th grade. And he loved it.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 23827 at First Bell: State Superintendent's Lunch Hour Lessons