Edwards: La. education leader: 'isn't qualified to be middle school principal'
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's schools superintendent may want to stick around for another term, but at least one candidate running for governor has no interest in keeping him.
Democratic contender John Bel Edwards, a state representative, said if he's elected governor in the fall he won't allow John White to remain education superintendent.
In a statement, Edwards said White "isn't qualified to be a middle school principal."
While the state education board chooses Louisiana's superintendent, the governor has traditionally had a heavy hand in making the selection.
White has expressed interest in keeping his job when a new governor and new education board take office in January. But he has repeatedly clashed with teacher unions who are among Edwards' strongest allies.
White replied to Edwards' comments that "politics don't belong in the classroom."
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