State Snapshot

louisiana
Governor

Bobby Jindal (R)

2014 Legislative Session

March 10 – June 2

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

State Board of Education

8 elected members and 3 at-large members appointed by Governor

 

Students
703,000
Schools
1,428 (Includes Alternative Schools)
Districts
70 (68 Local Districts, Special School District, and Recovery School District)

John White

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education

A Message from The Chief

Louisiana has significantly advanced K-12 public education over the last decade.  Still, our state has much to do.  And we’re pursuing an aggressive reform plan to ensure every child – from birth to high school – is on track to attain a college degree and succeed in a professional career.  Likewise, across this nation, we are all connected by our obligation to support the educational rights of our next generation and secure the future of this great country.  As a powerful voice that puts the needs of children at the center of our national debate, Chiefs for Change is playing a critical role in this shared goal.  I’m looking forward to working with this dynamic group of leaders who are determined to ward off adversity and push for sweeping changes.

State Snapshot

louisiana
Governor

Bobby Jindal (R)

2014 Legislative Session

March 10 – June 2

Chief Selection

Appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

State Board of Education

8 elected members and 3 at-large members appointed by Governor

 

Students
703,000
Schools
1,428 (Includes Alternative Schools)
Districts
70 (68 Local Districts, Special School District, and Recovery School District)

John White

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education

John White began his career in education as an English teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He later worked as Executive Director for Teach For America Chicago and Teach For America New Jersey, where he also served on the organization’s national Strategy Committee.

In 2006, White was recruited by New York City Chancellor Joel Klein to join the city’s senior management team.  In his last role in NYC, White served as Deputy Chancellor for Talent, Labor.  During his tenure with NYC, the country’s largest school district, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for portfolio, where he was responsible for developing new schools, closing failing schools, and adjusting grade levels, enrollments, and locations of existing schools.

In May 2011, White was appointed Superintendent of the Recovery School District, the state-run school district charged with transforming failing schools in Louisiana.  During his tenure with the RSD, he led the development of a three-year strategic plan; crafted a plan to overhaul the remaining failing schools in the RSD in New Orleans; revamped instructional supports to RSD direct-run schools; developed a comprehensive program to monitor Type 5 Charter Schools statewide; established a city-wide enrollment process; and reorganized the RSD to improve support for schools and reduced the central office count by more than one-third.

In January 2012, White was appointed State Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana.

White received a B.A. in English with distinction from the University of Virginia, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University.

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