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|
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Public education in Louisiana
Glossary of education terms
|Note: The statistics on this page are mainly from government sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. Figures given are the most recent as of June 2014, with school years noted in the text or footnotes.|
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."
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 held elections in 2014 for 224 seats. Each district held 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 was Jefferson Parish Public Schools with 45,230 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Vermilion Parish Schools with 9,186 K-12 students.
- Three districts were tied for the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with 15 seats up for election in each district.
- Ouachita Parish School System had the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with seven 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.
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- List of school districts in Louisiana
- Louisiana Department of Education
- 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
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
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