BESE Primary Elections are this Saturday October 12!
This Saturday, Louisianans head to the polls to decide who will fill a myriad of state and local offices, including the eight seats that, when combined with three appointments, make up the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, also referred to as BESE.
What does BESE do?
BESE members oversee the Louisiana Department of Education, which develops and implements policies for K-12 education as well as early learning and childcare centers. The 11 BESE members meet routinely to approve new and amended policies, as well as any changes to the state education funding formula and the accountability system for schools and childcare centers.
Why does BESE matter?
BESE impacts students, teachers, and parents- as well as the entire Louisiana community - in a variety of ways. Teachers are impacted by the work that BESE does around the adoption of academic standards and teacher preparation policies. Parents are directly impacted by the state accountability and school rating system, which is overseen by BESE. Of course, every decision BESE makes- from funding to letter grades to standards and assessments- impacts all of our students.
How can you raise your voice?
Vote! This Saturday, you have a chance to weigh in on who makes up BESE. Check out our list of educator and parent endorsed and supported BESE candidates. To find more information and your polling location, visit the Geaux Vote Portal from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.