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Louisiana: Embattled Education Superintendent John White Resigns

Jan 08, 2020 06:33PM ● By Staff Writer

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) on Wednesday, to become effective on March 11, 2020.

White was appointed as Louisiana's Superintendent of Education in 2012 by BESE with the support of then-Governor Bobby Jindal. He nearly lost the post in 2016 when he did not receive enough votes from the board to be reappointed. Since then, White has been engaged as on a month-to-month employee.  

White’s time in office was tainted with controversy over his support of Common Core and school vouchers.  

White's resignation letter outlines his (controversial) accomplishments as BESE's top man. 

Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement following White’s announced resignation, stating, "...although the two did not always agree, working together, teachers received their first pay raise in a decade...".  The Governor did not mention that the pay raise came with an increase in health insurance which offset the annual raise.