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State Rep. from Slidell calls for firing of state superintendent

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago August 08, 2016 Aug 8, 2016 Monday, August 08 2016 August 08, 2016 4:56 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – A state representative from Slidell is calling for Louisiana Superintendent John White to be fired from his position.

State Rep. Kevin Pearson said that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education should terminate Superintendent John White after his job performance evaluation last week.

"In the since years since White began implementing his reforms, Louisiana has fallen to the absolute bottom," Pearson said. 

Pearson said that White's task was to improve the state's educational performance.

"Anyone who pays attention to the news knows he has failed," Pearson said.

Pearson cited a survey from WalletHub.com that ranks Louisiana 49 based on "school system quality" and last in "school system safety."

"In any other profession, such a performance would result in termination," Pearson said. 

"It will be interesting to see how the members of BESE administer their evaluation and what steps they take.  We cannot continue to waste time and resources while education leaders give lip service to our growing failures in education,' Pearson said.

White has been serving as State Superintendent since 2012. According to Barry Landry, director of public affairs for the Louisiana Department of Education, White has accomplished multiple improvements while serving as Superintendent.

"Louisiana's 4th grade results improved more than in any state in America last year. ACT scores have increased for three years in a row. The high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. More students than ever before go to college. These achievements and others will be reflected in Superintendent White's evaluation this year," Landry said.

"Representative Pearson's perspective may have been different had he reviewed these facts," Landry said.

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