A 35-year-old former teacher, John White headed to New Orleans in late April to become superintendent of the Big Easy’s Recovery School District (RSD), quite an accomplishment for such a young man. But, with his bags barely unpacked, he found himself nominated by Governor Bobby Jindal to be interim chief of all of Louisiana’s public schools (thanks to the sudden resignation of Paul Pastorek, who had recruited White), in addition to running RSD. Newspapers claimed that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was calling members of the state’s school board, praising White as “an extraordinary leader [who is] committed to reform and is a great asset to the state.” Is your head spinning?
John White’s wasn’t. He told the press that he was flattered by Jindal’s offer, that he had come to the Bayou State to run the New Orleans schools, but if they wanted him in Baton Rouge, he’d be glad to help out. Cool. Calm. Collected.
Talk about a political power-play! It’s nothing but more federal intrusion into local affairs.
Where did this rising education star come from? The short answer is Teach For America (TFA).
Overall teaching experience, three years as TFA teacher in New Jersey.
” After his teaching stint, White went to work for TFA in its New Jersey region coaching and mentoring the new recruits. He was then sent to Chicago to do the same thing. While there he met Arne Duncan. “I count Arne as a friend and advisor and mentor,” he says.
Yep it looks like one of Duncan’s Trojan Horse is unloading some cargo in Louisiana. Can you believe this, three years teaching experience and you are a state super!
White, son of a lawyer and “private wealth advisor” father and television journalist mother, grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended the prestigious private St. Albans School, where he learned, he says, “that education starts with relationships between adults and students and among students, who then reinforce the high expectations that are held for them.” But he never thought of being a teacher. In fact, there was a time in high school when he wanted to be a naval officer.
Looks like Maverick crash and burned before hitting the recruiting station and for Goose (Duncan) the NBA shot his ass down and he had to settle for kangaroo ball down-under. Real accomplished leaders.
That was 2006 and the happening place was New York City, where Joel Klein was four years into remaking the nation’s largest public school system. Klein immediately offered White a job on his portfolio planning team, which meant leading the process of closing bad schools and creating new ones, one of the bull’s-eye issues in the massive system’s turnaround efforts. “I was part of the team that was catalyzing change at a very rapid pace,” says White.
And in comes the Joel Klein connects! Gee now I can sleep better at night ! So, I guess this means Louisiana will be shelling out millions to Wireless Generation subsidiarity of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation where Joel Klein is Executive Vice President.
As for Delaware, I am starting to think Delawareans are clueless as their chickens pecking in their own shit! The only thing that can stop the education insanity in Delaware is for local school boards to stand up and say no! Our local state legislators will have their hands filled in a few years when RTTT funding dries up. Markell’s education agenda takes the voice away form parents, local school board and “classroom” teachers and gives it to the Duncan Trojan Horse. And those who blow the horse will be rewarded. Students and taxpayers will drown in the horse’s shit as it moves on.
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