Washington, D.C.Chiefs for Change announced today that Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White is joining their coalition of bold reformers.  This group of state education leaders provides a strong voice for student-centered reform that will increase student achievement and prepare students for success in colleges and careers.

“Chiefs for Change and Superintendent White share a dedication to putting students first through visionary education reform,” said Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction and Chair of Chiefs for Change. “We’re eager to work together equip students, parents, teachers and schools to raise student achievement.”

“Superintendent White has clearly displayed his commitment to putting children first and increasing student achievement,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate and Vice Chair of Chiefs for Change. “I look forward to working with him to strengthen education across the nation.”

“I’m honored to be invited to join these extraordinary leaders,” said Superintendent White. “As a powerful voice that puts the needs of children at the center of our national debate, Chiefs for Change has made a tremendous impact on our efforts to ensure the educational rights of all Americans, and thus the future of this great country.  I’m looking forward to working with this dynamic group of leaders who are determined to ward off adversity and push for sweeping changes.”

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has served as Superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana; as deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, overseeing Talent, Labor and Innovation for the nation’s largest school system; as chief executive officer for the Department’s Portfolio Division, where he was responsible for turning around failing schools and starting new schools; as deputy chief operation officer for the Department; and as executive director for Teach for America Chicago and Teach for America New Jersey. He is a member of the 2010 class of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy.

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Visit www.ChiefsforChange.org for more information about Chiefs for Change.

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