Louisiana Superintendent of Education

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Louisiana Superintendent of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $5,344,410,172
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Determined by Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Authority:  Louisiana Constitution, Article 8, Section 2
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Current Officeholder

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Name:  John White
Assumed office:  January 11, 2012
Compensation:  $275,000
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The Louisiana Superintendent of Education is a state executive position in the Louisiana state government. The constitutionally established office is appointed by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and serves as head of the Department of Education.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is John White. He was appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on January 11, 2012.[1]


Article 8, Section 2 of the Louisiana Constitution establishes the State Superintendent of Education:

There shall be a superintendent of education for public elementary and secondary education...


Qualifications for the superintendent are set by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. They are broken down into three categories - general, experience, and professional skills.[2]

  • General qualifications:
  • advanced degree in public administration, education, or related area
  • background in the formulation and implementation of public policy
  • strong academic background
  • Experience:
  • proven record of success in administration
  • demonstrated ability to achieve positive results
  • credibility in his/her current profession
  • proven record of team building
  • Professional skills:
  • proven decision-making skills
  • proven leadership skills
  • ability to work effectively with the legislature and executive branches of the government, education, business, and civic organizations; and
  • outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.


Louisiana state government organizational chart

The state superintendent of education is appointed by a two-thirds vote of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and confirmed by the Senate.

Term limits

The superintendent enters into a contract with the board, who determines the length of contract, but it cannot extend past the end of the term of office by the members making the appointment. However, the superintendent may serve until the next board makes an appointment.[2]


If there is a vacancy during the regular term, the deputy superintendent fills the position until the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education makes an appointment.


Article 8, Section 2 of the Louisiana Constitution outlines the duties of the State Superintendent of Education:

He shall be the administrative head of the Department of Education and shall implement the policies of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the laws affecting schools under its jurisdiction. The qualifications and other powers, functions, duties, and responsibilities of the superintendent shall be provided by law.

The mission statement of the office is "to recommend and implement public education policy in accordance with the Louisiana Constitution, legislation, and regulations of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)."[3]


The DOE has six main divisions:[4]

Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs handles public information activities and serves as a liaison between the State Superintendent of Education and public audiences, partners, and education stakeholders.

Office of Governmental Affairs

The Office of Governmental Affairs coordinates legislative issues that impact K-12 education.

Office of Policy

The Office of Policy works within and outside LDOE to create, champion, and implement initiatives that will help Louisiana reach its critical student outcome goals efficiently and effectively.

Superintendent's Delivery Unit

The Superintendent's Delivery Unit helps LDOE realign and dedicate its resources to most effectively support the needs of local school districts as they strive to improve educational outcomes.

Bureau of Internal Audit

The Bureau of Internal Audit serves as an auditor for LDOE activities and has a dual-reporting responsibility to BESE and the Superintendent of Education.

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel provides legal support and representation to LDOE, as well as guidance for local school districts, parents, and stakeholders.

State budget

See also: Louisiana state budget and finances

The Department of Educations's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $5,344,410,172.[5]


The annual salary of the superintendent is set by the BESE and subject to approval of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.


In 2014, the superintendent earned a salary of $275,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the superintendent's salary remained at $275,000.[7]


In 2012, Superintendent John White's contract was set at $275,000-a-year.[8]


In 2010, the Louisiana Superintendent of Education was paid an estimated $341,458 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

State Superintendent of Education
Ph. 1.877.453.2721

Louisiana Department of Education
Physical address:
1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5243

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Toll-Free: 1.877.453.2721
Fax: 225.342.0193

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