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Louisiana: Want John White Gone? Then Ask Gov. Edwards to Join Ganey Arsement’s Lawsuit as a Plaintiff

July 13, 2017

On July 10, 017, I attended the hearing regarding whether or not the plaintiffs in Ganey Arsement et al. vs. La. BESE have standing (i.e., the right to sue) for BESE’s having missed the deadline to submit La. state superintendent John White’s name for reconfirmation by the Louisiana senate. In short, BESE doesn’t have the 8 votes needed to renew White’s contract; so, BESE just ignored the issue beyond the June 08, 2017, deadline to have the senate reconfirm White.

The result of the July 10, 2017, hearing was that Judge Morvant ruled that none of the current plaintiffs have standing, or the right to sue.

But one person who does have that right is Governor John Bel Edwards, who made removing White a campaign promise “to the extent that I can control that.”

Well, JBE, here’s opportunity to “control that” being handed to you on the proverbial silver platter.

In an effort to win JBE’s support, Arsement is asking for the assistance of Louisiana voters who want White gone:

Monday July 10, 2017

Dear Supporters of Public Education,

Today we had our first hearing regarding the lawsuit filed against BESE. By now, you’ve probably seen the news reports that the case was “tossed out,” and John White can “keep his job.” This is not entirely true.

The judge determined that while our petition was for a “declaratory judgement,” the language crossed over into a “challenge to hold office,” which is reserved for the governor, the attorney general, the senate president, or the local district attorney; however, he dismissed the case “without prejudice,” meaning that we can appeal, or amend the petition to include one of those people as a plaintiff.

Here is where I need your help. The governor needs to hear from all of you that you want him to take action and join the suit as a plaintiff. Please consider taking a few minutes out of your day to let your voice be heard. You can take one, or both, of the following actions:

  1. Call the governor’s office at (866)366-1121. You may get the receptionist, or voicemail. Leave your name, your phone number, and your hometown. Tell them that you are ready for Louisiana to take a new direction in education and request that the governor join the suit against BESE as a plaintiff. Please include the name of your spouse, if you have one.
  2. Use the following link: EMAIL THE GOVERNOR. Fill out all of the blanks and select “other” on both questions. State in your message that you are ready for Louisiana to take a new direction in education and request that the governor join the suit against BESE as a plaintiff. Please include the name of your spouse, if you have one.

This action is urgent! Please don’t hesitate to take action by phone, email, or both. Share this email with all of your friends and family in your email contacts. We can do this, together.

Please reply by email (ganey@educatelouisiana.org) after you have done your part.

Thanks in advance!

Ganey Arsement

I emailed the governor only minutes before writing this post.

If you are a Louisiana voter who is ready for a new state superintendent, I hope you will join me in letting the governor know as much.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of two other books: A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education and Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.

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2 Comments
  1. anonymous permalink

    Done. Thanks for letting us know.

  2. Rima S Duhon permalink

    My email to the Governor has been SENT!

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