Governor John Bel Edwards will begin his second term searching for a new leader for the state's education policy.

John White, who spent the last eight years as the state education superintendent, announced his resignation this afternoon. White was appointed to the post by Governor Bobby Jindal and retained when Edwards took office in 2016.

White pushed through sweeping changes, including expanded use of vouchers and changes to curriculum and teacher evaluations. Some of those changes drew criticism from teachers and administrators who felt the reforms hurt public education more than they helped.

Click here to read White's full resignation letter.