State Superintendent of Education John White will lead a national education group in the midst of reinventing itself.
White is now chairman of the board of Chiefs for Change, a four-member organization of state education leaders that hopes to boost its membership by adding some of the nation's 75 big-city superintendents, including leaders of the East Baton Rouge, Jefferson and Orleans parishes school districts.
The group backs Common Core and accountabilty measures that often spark controversy.
"We are looking for people that can stand up for policies that have worked historically, like annual measurement of student achievement, accountability for the taxpayers, and can identify promising policies that may not have made their way into national headlines, like early childhood education," White said.
White's precedessor, former state Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, was the first to lead the group, which was formed in 2010.
The roster included nine state school chiefs in 2012.
Now it consists of White, Deborah Gist, Rhode Island commissioner of education; Mark Murphy, Delaware secretary of education and Hanna Skandera, New Mexico secretary of education.
Gist is about to become superintendent of public schools in Tulsa, according to Education Week magazine.
Chiefs for Change is also breaking its ties, and funding source, with the Foundation for Excellence In Education, which was formed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The Republican is now considering a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
White said the group "really needed to be independent of any influence, be it political or otherwise."
He said, "We will be soliciting donations from non-profit entities that are concerned with forward-leaning education policies."