By Associated Press - Friday, March 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s Board of Ethics says state Superintendent of Education John White can be reimbursed for travel associated with his role in a national education group.

White recently was appointed to the board of directors of Chiefs for Change - a nonprofit educational coalition working to improve public education. It’s an unpaid position.

The superintendent asked the ethics board whether the group could pay his travel expenses without the arrangement violating state conflict of interest laws. He said he would be expected to travel to various meetings, conferences and seminars for the organization.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1Ey9Bzb ) the ethics board adopted an opinion Friday that says the state’s ethics code wouldn’t prohibit reimbursement because Chiefs for Change doesn’t have a contractual or business relationship with the education department.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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