BESE member, Holly Boffy, taught thru the 2010-2011 school year for Lafayette Parish; before getting elected to BESE.

Boffy’s May 15, 2012 a financial disclosure shows she was hired at some point by A+PEL full time (another organization advocating for CCSS in our state); after getting elected to BESE.

Her May 9, 2013 financial shows Boffy was paid between $25,000-100,000 for vague “education consulting.”


While seeming to operate as an independent contractor in the education market it seems she also has an official role with a group that may very well be her major client, or even sole client.

Holly Boffy is an Educator in Residence for CCSSO serving the central and southeastern states participating in SCEE. Holly also serves as an elected member of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. While teaching 8th grade social studies to gifted students, Holly was selected as the 2010 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year. She taught middle school for ten years and also served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Holly is National Board Certified.

Someone is paying her up to 100,000 dollars for “consulting” as her full time job.

For those who don’t know, CCSSO, (the council of State School Officers, of which current Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White is a member), was instrumental in writing Common Core Standards.

CCSSO also influences federal law and advocates in state legislatures. Holly is now working for John White who technically works for and is answerable to her.  It’s hard to imagine a greater conflict of interest than this. If you can come up with one let me know.

Should Holly be participating in any conversation relative to Common Core, or for that matter anything that CCSSO “advocates” for?  Should Boffy even be on BESE if she is working for or being paid by a group that that is influencing state education policy, directly, through her? While operating as an independent contractor may shield one from the Ethics board identifying glaring conflicts of interest, that does not mean she should get away with being unanswerable to her constituents. If this is what’s going on, if CCSSO is paying Boffy to advocate for them and their initiatives full-time, while she is also serving on the very State board that can vote on policies and initiatives it is trying to promote, that is a sweet deal for them but it would leave me, as a constituent, with a lot of questions and concerns.

Perhaps someone can ask Boffy and John White to clarify this relationship at the next BESE meeting?

On a final note, someone sent these pictures from their last private CCSSO meeting.

I have no idea if they are authentic but I have my suspicions they may be doctored. For instance, look at John White’s sleeves. They are not rolled up . . . even a little.

20 thoughts on “The Holly Boffy – John White, CCSSO, CCSS conflicts of interest that will make your head spin

  1. AAAAARGH! We’ve been hornswaggled – or maybe whoreswaggled. By a wench, no less. Holly’s former superintendent always said she thought highly of herself. Whispers across the social media indicate she’s knows she’s a goner if common core gets shut down in LA. Maybe on more than 1 front (or back).

    That hat is a bit large for John’s pencil neck (
    Holly needs a new lolly. Musta been working that one a spell.

  2. She took money from the Jindalites. That’s about as low as it gets. Reminds me of that politician a few years back “I’m not a witch.” I didn’t use a “w,” Sweet Lips

  3. This isn’t a B movie. It’s the new reality. The one where schools are supposed to produce citizens who have “achieved” and if they are not honest people who give a flip about truth and about others, that’s not our focus or our problem. You can’t attach a number to caring for others or being honest, so it doesn’t count as data and therefore not a concern.

    She has achieved, which in our current society means she has gotten a career that she wants and is gathering more and more money for herself. That must be achievement, right?

    The devil sure is gonna have a full house and all that money stokes a roaring fire.

  4. Didn’t Holly have to take the Code of Ethics training required by ALL teachers and state employees? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me.

    1. Which is more disturbing:
      1) That you would need ethics training and an ethics ruling to know if this was unethical
      2) That you asked for a ruling and this was found to be “ethical” by our Jindal appointed board

    1. <!
      White sent me, upon request, a copy of his transcript. An "Executive" Masters in Public Administration from the Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Service 5/11. An Exec Masters is sort .of like an Associate Degree that he obtained on line because he lived in Louisiana at the time as RSD Supt. Interesting to note that according to Paul Pastorek (and not corrected by White) in his introduction to the public as new Supt. Pastorek said White "will soon have a masters degree." That was Jan or Feb of 2012. I guess he figured later that the Exec Masters would do and nobody would notice the dates. He got his BA from University of Virginia in 1999. Surprised the catapult to stardom didn't give him whiplash.

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