La. State Ed. Board Head: White is 'Natural Choice' for Superintendent, no National Search Planned

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The head of Louisiana's education board doesn't expect a long, national search for the next state superintendent, saying she's not even sure if the board will accept applications or instead just vote on John White, Gov. Bobby Jindal's choice for the job.

Penny Dastugue, president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said she expects any search would be brief, if there is one.

"I can't say right now if there will be a period of submitting applications. Do I think there will be a national search and a long, drawn-out process? No. There's nothing in the budget for that. I've been told there will be nothing in the budget for that," Dastugue said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. "It will likely be very brief and simple."

Dastugue said the board may not search at all. She said while she's still tallying board members about what they'd like to see in a new superintendent and how they'd like to find one, she believes that White, the governor's pick for superintendent, will get the job.

White is head of the Recovery School District, which oversees and manages schools taken over by the state for poor performance, most of them in New Orleans.

Dastugue said education board members aren't circulating any other names to be superintendent.

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