John White is an alumnus of Teach for America. He wants more money to hire more TFA for the state’s lowest performing schools. Despite the poor performance of the state Recovery School District, which has been staffed with large numbers of TFA for almost 25 years, White wants more of the same.

White got into a heated debate with state board member Lottie Beebe. White insists that hiring TFA means the “willingness to try something different.” Since Louisiana has hired TFA for nearly a quarter century without seeing the promised “excellence,” White seems to be defending the status quo, not trying “something different.”