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.
The current officeholder is John White. He was appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on January 11, 2012.
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.
- advanced degree in public administration, education, or related area
- background in the formulation and implementation of public policy
- strong academic background
- proven record of success in administration
- demonstrated ability to achieve positive results
- credibility in his/her current profession
- proven record of team building
- 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.
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.
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.
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)."
The DOE has six main divisions:
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.
|Contact Office of Public Affairs|| |
Office of Governmental Affairs
- The Office of Governmental Affairs coordinates legislative issues that impact K-12 education.
|Contact Office of Governmental Affairs|| |
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.
|Contact Office of Policy|| |
|Chris Meyer, Director|
Toll Free: 877-453-2721
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.
|Contact Superintendent's Delivery Unit|| |
|[matilto:firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. George Noell], Director|
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.
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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.
|Contact Office of General Counsel|| |
|Joan Hunt, General Counsel|
The annual salary of the superintendent is set by the BESE and subject to approval of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
In 2012, Superintendent John White's contract was set at $275,000-a-year.
In 2010, the Louisiana Superintendent of Education was paid an estimated $341,458 according to the Council of State Governments.
State Superintendent of Education
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5243
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
- ↑ Louisiana Department of Education, "STATE EDUCATION BOARD NAMES JOHN WHITE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION," January 11, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 BESE Code, accessed August 27, 2011
- ↑ Louisiana Department of Education, "Mission statement," accessed August 27, 2011
- ↑ Louisiana Department of Education, "Offices," accessed August 27, 2011
- ↑ Times Picayune, "John White's contract as Louisiana superintendent of schools is approved," January 20, 2012
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 21, 2011