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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 »

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