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  • La. education superintendent gets 'favorable' job evaluation

    August 10, 2016 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has given state Superintendent of Education John White a positive job evaluation, but no more job security than the month-to-month deal he's had since the new board's term began in January. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education reviewed White's performance in a... more »
  • State Rep. from Slidell calls for firing of state superintendent

    August 8, 2016 5:56 PM

    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... more »
  • Department of Education sues citizens who file public records requests Play Video

    June 1, 2016 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight, there are new allegations the Department of Education is hiding public information from you. State Superintendent of Education John White is suing two citizens who filed public records requests this year. Last year, the WBRZ Investigative Unit showed the Department paid out thousands of dollars in... more »
  • Education chief: House cuts would shutter most of agency

    February 29, 2016 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House is proposing to take a hatchet to the Department of Education in the final four months of the budget year. House lawmakers recommended cuts that Superintendent of Education John White says would shutter nearly every program in his agency, including early childhood programs, vouchers and... more »
  • Edwards education board appointees noncommittal on White

    January 9, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education take office Tuesday but it remains unclear what types of changes may be in store for Louisiana schools. Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, who takes office Monday, said during the campaign that he wants to replace... more »
  • Lawmakers want jail time for illegal daycares Play Video

    August 3, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some state lawmakers want individuals operating illegal daycares to face jail time. Currently a daycare operating without a state license can be fined $1000 a day, but there are no criminal penalties on the books for the offenders. The issue came to a head in June when... more »
  • State announces changes after daycare death Play Video

    June 11, 2015 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials announced changes Thursday to how Louisiana tracks daycare owners after the death of a young girl at an unlicensed daycare. State Superintendent of Education John White said they posted a registry to their website Thursday of people who have lost their daycare licenses... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • Common Core lawsuit from Jindal, lawmakers thrown out

    March 30, 2015 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge threw out the lawsuit filed by Louisiana lawmakers and Governor Bobby Jindal which challenged the state's adoption of the Common Core education standards. The lawsuit claimed education officials didn't properly follow state oversight and public notice laws when adopting the standards. Attorneys for the... more »
  • Superintendents push White to drop PARCC

    March 19, 2015 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A committee made of Louisiana public school superintendents pushed state education officials to drop the PARCC exam Thursday, calling it "toxic" in the current political environment. The Superintendents' Advisory Council told Superintendent of Education John White that the political fight over PARCC was distracting them from... more »
  • Superintendent worries student testing money is threatened

    February 23, 2015 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Education Superintendent John White says he's concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal will strip dollars for student testing. Jindal opposes Louisiana's use of testing tied to the Common Core education standards. But Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish says no such cuts are proposed in the governor's... more »
  • Common Core testing on schedule, discuss opt out consequences Play Video

    February 12, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As educators get ready to roll out the PARCC tests to students next month, school executives met to talk about what happens if parents opt their children out of taking them. State Superintendent John White says students will have to take the tests as federal law... more »
  • Jindal administration questioning education contracts

    December 16, 2014 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is questioning whether Education Superintendent John White is dividing his department's contracts into smaller pieces to sidestep oversight and public bid requirements. The Office of State Procurement sent White a letter Tuesday saying it found a "questionable volume" of recent contracts ranging from... more »
  • White calls TOPS divide "tragic"

    December 11, 2014 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White called a recent report which showed a deep racial divide in who receives TOPS scholarship money in Louisiana "tragic," and said it demonstrated the need to fully adopt Common Core standards. White was asked by reporters about the Board of Regents... more »
  • La. releases school performance scores Play Video

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of Louisiana public schools earning an A or a B under the state's performance grading system has gone up from 575 a year ago to 607 this year. State education officials released school and district performance reports Tuesday morning. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White was... more »
  • Preschool funding application approved by Jindal

    October 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A dispute over the Common Core education standards won't sideline Louisiana's application for up to $15 million in federal grant money for pre-kindergarten programs. With a Tuesday deadline looming, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced that the Republican governor will agree to support Louisiana's grant application for the... more »
  • White: Common Core is full steam ahead Play Video

    August 20, 2014 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White confidently said Wednesday that plans to fully implement the Common Core education standards in Louisiana would continue, a day after a judge dealt a blow to efforts to stop the process. White held a press conference Wednesday morning to detail the... more »
  • More high school students earning college credit

    July 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams that are used to earn college credit. The Department of Education said Thursday that more than 4,500 public high school students who took an AP test in 2014 scored 3 or higher. That's the grade... more »
  • Supt. White fights back over allegations of wrongdoing Play Video

    July 24, 2014 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Superintendent of Education sent a four-page letter to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Wednesday to clear up rhetoric where he says unfounded allegations are being made. The letter goes into detail about travel expenses that he was reimbursed for and how the... more »
  • No breakthroughs in Common Core meeting Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There were no dramatic breakthroughs during Thursday's much-anticipated meeting over Common Core between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White. Jindal and White scheduled the meeting to resolve their differences over the Common Core education standards and PARCC assessment test Louisiana is set to... more »
  • Jindal and White to meet about Common Core dispute Play Video

    July 17, 2014 3:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After weeks of public disagreement, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Education Superintendent John White are sitting down to talk about standardized testing for the upcoming school year. At issue in Thursday afternoon's meeting are the Common Core education standards and the education department's plans to use tests aligned... more »
  • Jindal sets July 17 meeting with education chief

    July 9, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has scheduled a July 17 meeting with Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise in their dispute over testing tied to the Common Core education standards. White was directed by the state education board last week to seek a meeting with... more »
  • Jindal removes superintendent's contract rights

    July 3, 2014 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the latest round of political maneuvering over Common Core, Governor Bobby Jindal revoked the ability of state education Superintendent John White to approve some contracts. Jindal's administration sent White a letter on July 2 saying he could no longer approve any contracts for "professional, personal,... more »
  • BESE votes to hire lawyer for Common Core issues Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 Tuesday to hire an attorney to help them deal with the political firefight that's erupted over Common Core in Louisiana. However, the board said the attorney would not file suit against Gov. Bobby Jindal without first coming... more »
  • BESE special meeting on Common Core testing today

    July 1, 2014 3:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a special meeting to consider responses to Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools. The Jindal administration has suspended a state contract to try to keep the education department from buying... more »
  • Common Core controversy heats up Play Video

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department... more »
  • Jindal leader: Summer test scores won't be delayed

    June 26, 2014 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration says there shouldn't be delays in scoring standardized tests taken by some public school fourth-graders and eighth-graders this summer. Those retests for students who previously failed determine if the students advance to the next grade. Jindal suspended the education department's testing contract to... more »
  • Jindal says he won't ask for White's resignation

    June 19, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he would not ask for the resignation of John White, the state's superintendent of education, over the recent Common Core political struggle. Jindal said during an event in Baton Rouge that he and White, whom Jindal recommended for the superintendent's post, just... more »
  • BESE: La. will continue to implement Common Core

    June 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials defied Governor Bobby Jindal Wednesday afternoon, saying Louisiana will continue to implement Common Core education standards. This came just an hour after Jindal's announcement that he would seek to remove the state from the program. Superintendent John White, whom Jindal appointed, said... more »
  • Common Core up for debate in education committee

    April 2, 2014 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers on the House Education Committee are considering whether Louisiana should scrap its participation in the Common Core education standards and the standardized testing associated with it. After dodging the issue for months, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office submitted a card in support for a bill by Rep.... more »
  • Final Jump Start public forum Tuesday

    January 20, 2014 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Education announced that the final public comment forum for the Jump Start initiative would be held Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge. State Superintendent of Education John White will host the forum for parents, students, teachers, and community members to comment on the... more »
  • St. George supporters blamed for cheating claims Play Video

    January 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group defending the East Baton Rouge Parish School System blamed supporters of the proposed city of St. George for cooking up allegations of cheating within the school system. Superintendent of Education John White said the state is investigating the school system over allegations a student... more »
  • White suggests phase-in of Common Core

    November 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White wants to slow down the implementation of tougher educational standards. White wants a 10 year phase-in for the Common Core standards on school grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion. The proposal will be considered by the Board of Elementary... more »
  • State releasing latest school, district grades

    October 24, 2013 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials will release Thursday the latest evaluations of public schools and school districts - including letter grades that take into account student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success. State Superintendent of Education John White says the grading system has... more »
  • Public records suit filed against superintendent

    September 10, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A college student from Baton Rouge has filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White. Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, says White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he's sought about the state's voucher program and a law that... more »
  • White: Public schools make computer gains

    August 23, 2013 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Superintendent of Education John White says 86 percent of public school students are attending schools that meet minimum computer requirements. In addition, officials say 38 school districts meet the new guidelines, up from five a year ago. Under new rules, all of Louisiana's 70 school districts are... more »
  • Teacher's union calls for collaboration over Act 1

    August 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators called today for Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White to work with them over a teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional by two state judges this year. LAE leaders said they they will continue to push for policies... more »
  • Funding boosted for Course Choice, to add students

    August 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Superintendent of Education John White says he's adding another $1 million to the budget for the state's new Course Choice program to eliminate the waiting list. The program offers online and nontraditional high school course offerings to public school students. Academic courses and skills training are being taught... more »
  • School board discusses changes to Mayfair, Delmont Play Video

    July 18, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jeremy Collins devotes much of his attention to his brand new baby girl. He says he gave that same attention to his son back when he attended Delmont Elementary. "My son passed to the kindergarten. I mean it's a pretty good school," he says. But... more »
  • Education officials clear up grading questions

    May 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White admitted today that letter grades awarded to high schools in the past had been inflated, but denied accusations his office intentionally caused the changes and later covered them up. White told a Senate education committee today that a flaw in the... more »
  • BESE drops plan to change rules

    April 17, 2013 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has dropped proposed new rules that public school counselors and librarians said would diminish their roles and hurt students. Both state Superintendent of Education John White, who initially pushed the changes, and Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and... more »
  • State to use $5M to turn around failing schools

    March 14, 2013 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State Superintendent John White says the state will use $5 million in federal professional development funds to train educators interested in turning around failing district-run schools. The "Believe and Succeed" grants cover a year of advanced training for the new school leaders. White announced the initiative in... more »
  • White briefs lawmakers on school security

    February 28, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education superintendent John White briefed state lawmakers this morning on security conditions and changes at Louisiana's schools. White said after the Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Connecticut, 52 percent of Louisiana's school districts made changes to their school security plans. He also said 98... more »
  • White outlines 2013-14 education priorities

    February 20, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says improving the graduation rate among students with disabilities and enabling high school students to earn technical college associate degrees are among the priorities in the coming year for the state education department. White also said Wednesday that a fund will be... more »
  • State accepting school voucher applications

    February 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Applications are available for the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Last year, more than 10,000 students applied for the controversial program. State Superintendent John White says they were only able to accommodate nearly 5,000 of those students and "that means we... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss school security Play Video

    January 17, 2013 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Legislators are trying to figure out the best ways to keep children safe in school, following last months massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children dead. The Homeland Security Committee met for hours at the Capitol to discuss ways to improve security and look... more »
  • Tweaks planned for teacher evaluation system

    January 16, 2013 4:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to approve modest changes to the state's method for evaluating public school teachers, after a board committee backed the ideas. The changes were recommended by Superintendent of Education John White, tweaking a system that links half a teacher's... more »

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