John White http://wwno.org en First Bell: State Superintendent's Lunch Hour Lessons http://wwno.org/post/first-bell-state-superintendents-lunch-hour-lessons <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="State Superintendent John White" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201403/john-white-in-library.jpg" alt="" /><p><strong><em>The </em>First Bell <em>series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email <a href="mailto:amy@wrkf.org?subject=First%20Bell">amy@wrkf.org</a> <strong>with "My First Bell" in the subject line </strong>or tweet with the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyFirstBell&src=hash" target="_blank">#MyFirstBell</a>.</em></strong><p>__________&#160;<p>When state Superintendent John White was playing sports in high school, he says the poverty of the kids who lived a mile or two away from him came into view.<p>"I think there was something always, in a way, powerful, about being in a low-income community’s home court. Because, when you come in with your nice uniforms and, you know, you practice everyday in a nice gym or on a nice field, and you play guys whose uniforms don’t quite look the way they should, or the gym’s in bad shape, and the field is also a soccer, also a baseball, also a something else field, you get a very material view of what inequity looks like."<p>White found the disparity was something he couldn’t turn his back on.<p>He now oversees the education of Louisiana’s roughly 700,000 public school students. But he started his career teaching English in a high-poverty high school in Jersey City, NJ.<p>He says he never considered a career in private education, even though he went to an elite all-boys school — St. Albans in Washington, D.C. — from elementary school all the way through 12th grade. And he loved it.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/03/JohnWhite_EducationStory.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 56077 at http://wwno.org New Funds Direction Generates Educational Grants http://wwno.org/post/new-funds-direction-generates-educational-grants Federal funds dedicated to the turnaround of struggling Louisiana public schools have been repurposed.<p>The state Department of Education is using $5 million to issue grants to conceive new schools and allow high-performing schools to take on more students.<p>Almost 200,000 students are attending schools rated D or F. State Supt. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:40:00 +0000 editor 31256 at http://wwno.org Early High School Graduation Program Abandoned http://wwno.org/post/early-high-school-graduation-program-abandoned <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Plans to create a statewide program that would give college tuition grants to Louisiana students who graduate early from high school have been scrapped.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:36:52 +0000 The Associated Press 30364 at http://wwno.org School Counselors: White's Plan May Eliminate Jobs http://wwno.org/post/school-counselors-whites-plan-may-eliminate-jobs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Public school counselors say their education role would be radically diminished or even eliminated under a plan by state Superintendent of Education John White to give local districts more flexibility.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Under current rules, high schools are supposed to have one counselor for every 450 students.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 26950 at http://wwno.org Voucher lawsuit set for Oct. 15 hearing date http://wwno.org/post/voucher-lawsuit-set-oct-15-hearing-date <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">An Oct. 15 date has been set for arguments in a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal&#39;s statewide voucher program.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Judge Tim Kelley chose the hearing date Tuesday in a meeting with lawyers for both sides in the case.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:26:03 +0000 The Associated Press 16011 at http://wwno.org PAR: Hold legislative hearing on voucher standards http://wwno.org/post/par-hold-legislative-hearing-voucher-standards <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A nonpartisan government watchdog group is asking Superintendent of Education John White to seek legislative guidance as he designs the accountability standards required of schools participating in Louisiana&#39;s new voucher program.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:21:25 +0000 The Associated Press 16008 at http://wwno.org Applications top 10,000 for school voucher program http://wwno.org/post/applications-top-10000-school-voucher-program <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The state education department has received more than 10,000 applications for Louisiana&#39;s statewide voucher program set to start in August that will use taxpayer money to send students to private and parochial schools.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Superintendent of Education John White announced the applicant numbers Wednesday.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:49:44 +0000 The Associated Press 15552 at http://wwno.org