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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

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.

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

March Report 2020

While we’re happy that this is more than what was originally proposed by the Governor’s office, it does not include any money specifically allocated for support staff raise. LFT President Larry Carter testified before BESE on Tuesday about the importance of guaranteeing raises for our dedicated and underpaid support staff.

January Report 2020

January 2020 means a new Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Last year, each seat was up for re-election and while most members retained their seat on the board, we have four new faces: Dr. Belinda Davis, Preston Castille, Ashley Ellis, and Ronnie Morris.

Attendance Report

Every member of the board attended the special meeting on January 16th.

Ms. Boffy was absent from all the committee meetings on January 28th and the full board meeting on January 29th

Ms. Ellis was absent from the three committee meetings on January 28th (the School Innovation and Turnaround Committee, the Administration and Finance Committee, and the Policy Forum Committee meeting) and the full board meeting on January 29th.

Know Your BESE Representatives

 

2020 means a new Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Seven members of the board have returned for a new term, and we have four new faces as well. Get to know your representatives.