John White

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White responds to a lawsuit which sought to remove him.

A member of the BESE board is calling for a vote on whether to retain White as superintendent, and Governor John Bel Edwards says he would like to see a change at the top.

White points to numbers indicating improvement in public schools under his watch.


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Louisiana Education Superintendent John White has been a polarizing figure since he came to work in Louisiana more than six years ago, with battles consistently fought around him, for him, and against him.

It began with former Superintendent Paul Pastorek’s announcement in April 2011.

“John White is my recommendation for leading the Recovery School District,” Pastorek informed the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education on April 8, 2011. “John is probably one of the most respected reformers in the country.”

John White Soldiers On

Jul 26, 2017
Sue Lincoln

Love him or hate him, John White is the focus of another battle – this time over whether he can legally remain as state Education Superintendent.

“I think we could progress a lot more if the conflict that he produces were gone,” says Ganey Arsement, a teacher from Lake Charles.


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Sue Lincoln, from WRKF's Capitol Access, talks about the continuing battle between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Superintendent of Education John White.

The governor is not ruling out filing a lawsuit designed to remove White from his post.


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For decades, lawmakers have complained about how complicated the state school funding formula – the MFP -- is, so we recently asked State Superintendent John White if he could explain it.


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Thirty years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled against Louisiana requiring teaching of both evolution and creationism in public schools. But debate over the role of the two theories in education continues. 


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After nearly a year of focus groups and public meetings, the Louisiana Department of Education is releasing its final version of the state’s ESSA plan the end of this month.


Sue Lincoln

State Education Superintendent John White, the oft-embattled head of Louisiana K-12 education, is walking a less controversial path these days.

“We cannot return to a time when K-12 education and the tools teachers use in the classroom are the subjects of daily political headlines,” White told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

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It’s no secret that Governor-elect John Bel Edwards is not John White’s biggest fan.

“Obviously, it is not my desire that he stay as Superintendent, and I will make that known to the Board members,” Edwards told reporters last week.

But Edwards also realizes getting rid of White won’t be easy.

“It isn’t like on January the 11th, we walk into office, we flip that light switch and everything is different,” the governor-elect said.

It wasn’t a comfortable conversation, as Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann — a Common Core opponent — grilled Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White in the House Appropriations committee meeting Tuesday. At issue were plans to purchase new batteries of state standardized tests.


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