Louisiana school districts
|K-12 Education in Louisiana|
|State Superintendent: John White|
|Number of students: 703,390|
|Number of teachers: 48,657|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:14.5|
|Number of school districts: 132|
|Number of schools: 1,437|
|Graduation rate: 72%|
|Per-pupil spending: $10,723|
|Louisiana Department of Education|
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Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Louisiana is home to 1,437 schools and 703,390 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Chas Roemer, President, Sixth District
- James D. Garvey, Jr., Vice President, First District
- Kira Orange Jones, Second District
- Dr. Lottie Beebe, Third District
- Walter Lee, Fourth District
- Jay Guillot, Fifth District
- Holly Boffy, Seventh District
- Carolyn Hill, Eighth District
- Connie E. Bradford, Member At-Large
- Dr. Judith Miranti, Member At-Large
- Jane Smith, Member At-Large
The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Louisiana as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Louisiana's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||427||0.06%||0.42%|
|Two or more||8,225||1.17%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
Common Core lawsuit regarding Gov. Bobby Jindal
In early July 2014, the Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) voted 6-3 to proceed with hiring lawyers in a suit against Gov. Bobby Jindal. The decision comes after what BESE President Chas Roemer states as Gov. Jindal overstepping constitutional authority in regards to Common Core. Jindal had previously been a supporter of Common Core, but in early 2014 stated that he now opposed it. As a result, in June 2014, Jindal set forth a plan to drop Common Core and instead promote a new standardized test, developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, to decide whether or not students have met the standards. According to the BESE, that's an overstep in his power as governor. Education Superintendent John White stated, "We're at a crossroads. It's not a crossroads about Common Core. It's not a crossroads about PARCC. Finance and purchasing have collided with academic policy, and there's a question about who makes the decision."
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Louisiana State Board of Education adopted the standards on July 1, 2010. Full implementation took place during the 2013-2014 academic year.
In June 2014, Governor Bobby Jindal made an executive order that would effectively, albeit indirectly, withdraw Louisiana from Common Core. The order required competitive bidding for education standards tests. Because the Common Core testing program is among the most expensive of these tests, it is unlikely that the tests could be purchased is a competitive bidding process. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White, however, insisted that the state would continue with Common Core. White said, "The state will continue to implement the Common Core Standards [...] this is a long term plan we have been working on for four years and committed to another 10 years of implementation. We are not willing to subject our children to last minute changes to throw our system into educational chaos."
School board composition
The composition of school boards in Louisiana varies widely; they can have anywhere from seven to 15 members. Each local school board is responsible for establishing its own size, policies and procedures. They generally serve four-year terms, with elections occurring in even-numbered years.
Most of Louisiana's school districts are called "parish school boards." There are also a select number of city school districts that were each established by special act and constitutional amendment. Those are Baker, Bogalusa, Central, Monroe and Zachary Community School District, Louisiana.
School board elections
- See also: Louisiana school board elections, 2014
A total of 21 Louisiana school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for 225 seats. Each district will hold elections on November 4, 2014, with runoff elections on December 6, 2014, if no candidate for a particular seat won 50 percent plus one vote.
Here are several quick facts about Louisiana's school board elections in 2014:
- The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Jefferson Parish Public Schools with 45,230 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Vermilion Parish Schools with 9,186 K-12 students.
- Four districts are tied for the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with 15 seats up for election in each district.
- Vermilion Parish Schools has the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with four seats up for election.
The districts listed below served 467,051 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.
Path to the ballot
In order to become a candidate for a school board in Louisiana, the Louisiana Secretary of State outlines the following:
By the date of qualification, the candidate shall have attained the age of 18, resided in Louisiana for the preceding 2 years, and have been actually domiciled for the preceding year in the parish, ward, or district from which the candidate seeks election. The candidate shall be able to read and write. At the next regular election following reapportionment an elector may qualify in any district created in whole or in part from a district existing prior to reapportionment if he was domiciled in the prior district for at least 1 year immediately preceding his qualification and was a resident of Louisiana for the 2 years preceding his qualification. If elected must change domicile to district before being sworn in. No person elected to serve as a member of a school board for more than two and one-half terms in three consecutive terms, such service being during terms that began on or after January 1, 2014, shall be elected for the succeeding term. 
—Louisiana Secretary of State, (2013), 
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- Public education in Louisiana
- Louisiana Secretary of State
- Louisiana Department of Education
- Louisiana School Boards Association
- Louisiana Federation of Teachers
- Louisiana Association of Educators
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 16, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "For possible Common Core suit against Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana education board OKs hiring lawyers," accessed July 1, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Common Core State Standards," accessed June 17, 2014
- Fox News, "Jindal order would make Louisiana latest state to pull out of Common Core," June 18, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to scuttle Common Core leaves Louisiana education system in confusion," June 18, 2014
- Louisiana State Legislature, "Powers and Duties of School Boards and Parish Superintendents," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Louisiana," accessed July 11, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HB 292 - School Board Member Term Limits - Key Vote," accessed July 11, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Qualifications of Candidates," June, 2013
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