BESE agrees to hire White as RSD leader


    A new superintendent has been hired to lead the school district that oversees schools taken over by the state. John White, a deputy chancellor for New York City schools, is taking charge of the Recovery School District after the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved his hiring today. White is set to start his new job May 1. BESE voted 7-1 to back White, with three members abstaining from the vote amid complaints about how Louisiana Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek conducted the search for a new RSD leader. The Recovery School District oversees 104 schools around Louisiana, most of them in New Orleans, though some are in Baton Rouge. Twenty-four schools are directly run by the RSD, while others are managed as charter schools and yet others are operated via joint agreements with local districts.