Louisiana school districts

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K-12 Education in Louisiana
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Education facts
State Superintendent: John White
Number of students: 703,390[1]
Number of teachers: 48,657
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:14.5
Number of school districts: 132
Number of schools: 1,437
Graduation rate: 72%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $10,723[3]
See also
Louisiana Department of EducationList of school districts in LouisianaLouisianaSchool boards portal
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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.[4]

Quick facts

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.

Student enrollment
1.) Jefferson Parish Public School System
2.) East Baton Rouge Parish School System
3.) Caddo Parish Public Schools
4.) St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
5.) Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
6.) Lafayette Parish School System
7.) Livingston Parish Public Schools
8.) Rapides Parish School System
9.) Bossier Parish Schools
10.) Ascension Parish Schools


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

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.[5]

Demographic information for Louisiana's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 5,479 0.78% 1.10%
Asian 10,300 1.46% 4.68%
African American 316,947 45.06% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 427 0.06% 0.42%
Hispanic 28,276 4.02% 24.37%
White 333,736 47.45% 51.21%
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."[6]

State law

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.[7] They generally serve four-year terms, with elections occurring in even-numbered years.

District type

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.[8]

Term limits

Louisiana House Bill 292, which was signed into law in November 2012, limiting school board members to no more than three consecutive four-year terms.[9]

School board elections

Upcoming 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.[10] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Louisiana School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Acadia Parish Schools 11/4/2014 8 8 9,551
Ascension Parish Schools 11/4/2014 11 11 19,858
Bossier Parish Schools 11/4/2014 12 12 20,656
Caddo Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 12 12 41,894
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 15 15 32,841
East Baton Rouge Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 42,723
Iberia Parish School System 11/4/2014 14 14 13,652
Jefferson Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 9 9 45,230
Lafayette Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 30,218
Lafourche Parish School District 11/4/2014 15 15 14,393
Livingston Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 9 9 24,468
Ouachita Parish School System 11/4/2014 7 7 19,680
Rapides Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 23,989
St. Charles Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 8 8 9,555
St. Landry Parish School Board 11/4/2014 13 13 14,926
St. Mary Parish Schools 11/4/2014 11 11 9,465
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 15 15 36,651
Tangipahoa Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 19,400
Terrebonne Parish School District 11/4/2014 9 9 18,722
Vermilion Parish Schools 11/4/2014 8 8 9,186
Vernon Parish School District 11/4/2014 12 12 9,993

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. [11]

—Louisiana Secretary of State, (2013), [12]

See also

External links

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  1. 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
  2. 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."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 16, 2013
  5. 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
  6. The Times-Picayune, "For possible Common Core suit against Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana education board OKs hiring lawyers," accessed July 1, 2014
  7. Louisiana State Legislature, "Powers and Duties of School Boards and Parish Superintendents," accessed July 11, 2014
  8. United States Census Bureau, "Louisiana," accessed July 11, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HB 292 - School Board Member Term Limits - Key Vote," accessed July 11, 2014
  10. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Qualifications of Candidates," June, 2013