John White to stay on as state Education Superintendent
Posted on 8/17/2017 5:07:00 AM.
Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says we now know that Superintendent of Education John White had no reason to worry about his job. White received a 3 out of four rating from BESE, which is considered effective and proficient. Erwin says clearly there are those who wanted White to lose his job.
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BESE to discuss job status of Ed. Superintendent John White
Posted on 8/16/2017 7:04:00 AM.

BESE meets behind closed doors to discuss the job status of state Education Superintendent John White. Board member Kathy Edmonston of Gonzales says she would like the entire panel to vote to whether or not White stays in the position he’s held since 2012. White appeared on Talk Louisiana to talk about this upcoming meeting.
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Education leader reacts to speculation he may lose his job
Posted on 7/20/2017 11:51:00 AM.

State Superintendent of Education John White could be on his way out the door as he was not reconfirmed by the Senate in this year’s legislative session. Governor John Bel Edwards said on his radio call in show that confirmation is a legal requirement for White to keep his job. But White says,
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BESE approves proposal with no increase in state funding for public schools
Posted on 3/8/2017 11:12:00 AM.

State funding for public schools is at a standstill, as the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves a proposal that does not increase state funding per student. Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, Scott Richard, says the outlook for K-12 schools is pretty bleak.
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Former Monroe choir teacher facing additional sexual misconduct charges
Posted on 3/3/2017 11:23:00 AM.

A former-Neville high school choir teacher is facing additional counts amid allegations he was involved in inappropriate relationships with students. 25-year-old Christian Amos was arrested for allegedly giving pot to students and possibly enticing them to have sex with him. BESE Representative Gary Jones says if convicted, Amos will likely never teach again.
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State Superintendent heads to Shreveport to get public input on struggling schools
Posted on 2/7/2017 3:17:00 AM.

State Superintendent of Education John White travels to Caddo Parish to host a public meeting tonight to discuss recommendations on improving struggling schools in Shreveport.
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BESE approves $1.5 million for teaching residencies
Posted on 1/26/2017 5:52:00 AM.

Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves more than $1.5 million in funding for teaching residencies. Department of Education Assistant Superintendent of Talent, Hanna Dietsch, says beginning in 2018 teacher candidates will be required to complete one year residencies, similar to doctors. She says $1 million of the investment will go to Louisiana universities that will offer the programs.
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BESE approves one-year teacher residency program
Posted on 10/12/2016 12:38:00 PM.

A redesign of how teachers are prepared to lead a classroom has been approved by BESE. It would require a one year apprenticeship for aspiring teachers before they can be certified. BESE President Jim Garvey says he supports this change because this will improve the ability of new teachers to hit the ground running on day one.
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Governor and legislature support changes to Common Core
Posted on 6/8/2016 12:47:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards and members of the legislature are supportive of changes to the Common Core academic standards suggested by a 26-member review panel. BESE President Jim Garvey says the panel was made up of people recommended by local school boards.
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BESE approves significant changes to Common Core
Posted on 3/5/2016 5:51:00 AM.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved the Louisiana State Student Standards in English and math, which replaces Common Core in these areas. BESE president Jim Garvey says these new standards still uphold high learning expectations and will help students move forward to better prepare for college and careers.
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