White on Monday afternoon denied to IBJ that he planned to resign. But three sources familiar with the situation said they expected him to announce his resignation Tuesday. A fourth anticipated the resignation announcement by the end of the week.
It’s not clear how quickly White would officially step down.
White’s future became cloudy after reform-minded candidates Caitlin Hannon, Gayle Cosby and Sam Odle were elected Nov. 6. The outcome gave reformers a strong majority on the seven-member panel. White previously had enjoyed strong backing.
IPS has been under fire after decades of decline. It has lost more than 5,000 students to charter schools in recent years and saw 350 of its students sign up for vouchers to attend private schools.
Survey results released late last year show a majority of district residents are dissatisfied with the school system.
In December 2011, education-reform group The Mind Trust proposed a series of sweeping changes, including transferring control of the district to the mayor of Indianapolis.