Mercedes Schneider has doggedly sought the records for State Superintendent John White to determine if he meets the legal requirements to qualify as a local superintendent. He does not.

He does not have the teaching experience required by law.

She has had to file freedom-of-information requests for the documents.

He does have experience in Teach for America. He did attend the unaccredited Broad Superintendents Academy. But that does not help him meet the requirements of Louisiana law.

As billionaire Leona Helmsley is reputed to have said: “Only the little people pay taxes.” That was shortly before she was convicted for not paying taxes. She was sentenced to 19 years in prison for tax evasion, but got out after 19 months.

In Louisiana, it seems, laws are for the little people.

When you wonder about the disrepute of civics, start with the examples set by our leaders: Trump, White, and others who figure out how to do a workaround.