Black Caucus Claims Jindal Slows Process
The head of the Legislature's black caucus says Governor Jindal is trying to slow the redrawing of state education board districts in a bid to persuade board members to side with his choice for interim education superintendent. Representative Patricia Smith says any members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who feel pressured should call the U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the redistricting process in Louisiana. Smith is displeased with Jindal's pick to be interim education superintendent: John White, the 35-year-old newly hired leader of the state-run Recovery School District. Critics of the selection say White has too little education experience.