Apr 07, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La – Less than 24 hours after State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek announced his pick to lead the state-run Recovery School District (RSD), an impressive list of state and local leaders is lining up to express their support for Pastorek’s selection. In making their endorsements, these officials join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who yesterday praised the selection of John White. White, who began his career in education as an English teacher in a high-poverty school in New Jersey, is currently serving as Deputy Chancellor of Talent, Labor and Innovation for New York City, the nation’s largest school system.

  • Governor Bobby Jindal: “It’s a testament to Louisiana’s commitment to bold and innovative education reform that we’re able to attract talented public servants like John White to come to Louisiana and help move our education system forward. John is well qualified and we’re eager to work with him and Superintendent Pastorek to advance the Recovery School District and continue to improve educational opportunities for our children."

  • U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu: “Citizens and groups across New Orleans are actively engaged in creating a model of education that gives every student the opportunity to attend a world-class school.  Nothing is more paramount to achieving that vision than identifying a leader who is genuinely committed and capable of partnering with diverse groups inside and outside the education community to improve our schools and support the academic success of our children.  I’m convinced wholeheartedly that John White can and will work with us to succeed in meeting these objectives, not only in New Orleans, but in RSD schools across the state.”

  • New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “John has an impressive record and comes highly recommended. In New Orleans, we have the opportunity and responsibility to create a 21st century system of schools where every child can attain a world-class education that prepares them for college and work.   I look forward to working closely with John as we
    continue building on our recent progress in New Orleans."

  • Dr. Norman Francis, President, Xavier University of Louisiana: “Each step towards the future of education in Louisiana must be bold and aggressive if we are to dramatically improve our children’s lot, and move Louisiana from the bottom of academic achievement ratings. John White’s skills are highly regarded, and he will be a valuable asset in helping move the RSD vision forward. He has my support and the support of the entire Xavier University Community.”

  • Michael Lomax, President and CEO of United Negro College Fund: “The appointment of John White is good news for New Orleans students, parents, and teachers—indeed for everyone who cares about giving children the top quality education they deserve and that the New Orleans community needs them to have.   New Orleans has made great strides in the past few years, but challenging work and difficult choices lie ahead. While each city and each school system is unique, the experience and lessons-learned that John White brings from his role in New York’s transformative school reform program is just the preparation he needs to lead New Orleans’ schools.”

Tomorrow, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will consider whether to authorize the State Superintendent of Education to appoint the next leader of the RSD.

On Friday, a press conference to formally introduce White will be held at 1 p.m. at Andrew Wilson Charter School in New Orleans.

Press Conference Details:

Event: Press Conference 

Date: Friday, April 8 

Time: 1 p.m. 

Place: Andrew H. Wilson Charter School 

3617 General Pershing Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

For more information, please contact Rene Greer at 225-342-3600.

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