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It's more important than ever for Teachers and School Employees to stay up to date with our BESE: Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Here you will find regular updates about what's going on in BESE so you can stay up to date about everything that impacts you, your school and your students.

Special BESE Meeting: Consideration of Waivers

On Thursday, May 5th, across the street from the Capitol, BESE held a Special Board Meeting. The main discussion focused on whether or not high school seniors should be exempt from certain LEAP 2025 graduation requirements. The proposed exception would have been temporary and due to COVID, but as Superintendent Dr. Brumley pointed out, this has been a problem that predates COVID. “This is hard every year, I have been a school principal and I have had these parents, these kids in my office that have gotten so close, but they just didn’t make it. Often times, they’re waiting on the result the day of graduation potentially, and the worst case is when that result doesn’t come back the way you want it.”

BESE Update: March 2022

PAY RAISES
The MFP proposal reflects what the Governor proposed in his executive budget and was recommended by the LDOE for approval: $1,500 for teachers and $750 for support staff. Also included within the MFP proposal is a letter from BESE to the Legislature. In the letter, BESE urges that any additional funds recognized by the Revenue Estimating Conference in May be allocated for additional salary increases. In the event that the REC recognizes additional funding, BESE requests that the Legislature return the MFP formula to BESE so that they may revise and resubmit the formula to increase the pay raise to a minimum of $2,000 for certificated staff and $1,000 for non-certificated support staff.

BESE Considers Waivers

BESE Update: October 2021

This month BESE conducted their regularly scheduled Committee meetings and full Board Meeting on October 12th and 13th. During their lengthy discussions, the Board considered waiver requested from different school districts, including a state-wide waiver for school letter grades. LFT Legislative & Political Director addressed the board three times during the meeting to point out their failure to prioritize the needs of teachers and school employees.

Ask BESE to Pass a Larger Raise!

On Thursday, April 29th, the Senate Education Committee voted to reject the MFP proposal that had been sent to the legislature by the Board of Elementary and ask that they increase the teacher/school employee pay raise. The legislature has done the hard work and come up with the money to fund the salary increase, now BESE needs to do their part. The recommendation they submitted to BESE, calls for a $1,000 increase for teachers/certified personnel and $500 for uncertified personnel.

BESE Considers Raises

Today, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) passed their proposal for the minimum foundation program (MPF) – the funding formula for Louisiana’s K-12 schools. Unsurprisingly, their proposal was exactly what the MFP Task Force recommended last week.

BESE’s proposal calls for an $80 million dollar increase in the MFP – a 1.375% increase in general classroom funding (level 1) and 1.375%, or $40 million, for raises (level 3). That comes out to $400 increase for teachers and $200 for school employees, spread out over the entire year. “Our teachers and school employees deserve better,” said LFT President Larry Carter in response to the proposal.
 

LDOE Focus Group

At the January meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Superintendent Cade Brumley presented the results from a Focus Group that the Department conducted to better analyze the implementation of their 2020-2021 Strong Start School Reopening Plan. Essentially, the department wanted to check in with different stakeholders to get a feel for how this school year is going. Here are their results. 

May Report 2020

 

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education chooses our next State Superintendent. 

After skipping last month's meeting due to COVID-19, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met on May 19th and 20th. Additional precautions were taken to ensure everyone's safety. Masks were required for everyone, gloves were provided for additional security, staff cleaned the tables and microphones before each person's testimony, and everyone was required to stay 6 feet apart. To that end, many of the BESE members sat in the audience at pres-spaced points and only 25% of the seats could be filled. 

Choosing the Next State Superintendent

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's State Superintendent Search committee has narrowed the search down to six finalists. It is vital that BESE hears from educators like you before making this important decision. The finalists have all interviewed before BESE and you can read their resume and watch their interview below.

Jessica Baghian     video interview  |  resume and cover letter 
Cade Brumley    video interview  |  resume and cover letter
Lonnie Luce    video interview  |  resume and cover letter
Heather Poole    video interview  |  resume and cover letter
Joe Siedlecki    video interview  |  resume and cover letter
Paul Vallas    video interview  |  resume and cover letter