The state took over control of three IPS high schools and one middle school this year and turned them over to private operators after years of poor student performance.
White's standing with the IPS board took a hit with the recent retirement of two longtime backers and the November election defeat of a third. The new board members took office last week.
White was a principal at Wayne in Fort Wayne Community Schools and at Indianapolis North Central High School before becoming superintendent of the Washington Township schools in 1994. He moved to IPS in 2005.