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Superintendent of Education Search (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-06-03

Duration: 00:05:42

Subjects: Louisiana. State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education | SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION | White, John


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Reporter
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Waguespack, Stephen Interviewee
  • Garvey, James Interviewee
  • White, John Interviewee
  • Monaghan, Steve Interviewee


This segment from the June 3, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the BESE Board’s search for a new Superintendent of Education. Lincoln reports that Recovery School District Superintendent John White is the leading candidate for the job. She interviews: Barry Erwin, the president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), on the BESE Board’s struggle between selecting an establishment candidate or a reform-minded candidate; Stephen Waguespack, the Governor’s Executive Counsel, on the need for a reform-minded candidate, the Jindal Administration’s support of White, and the phone calls made by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in support of White; BESE Board Member James Garvey on White’s experience; John White on his experience as a teacher; and Steve Monaghan, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, on his view of Secretary Duncan’s phone calls as interference. Host: Shauna Sanford