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  • $3.6B school funding plan receives final passage

    May 30, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $3.6 billion financing plan to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year has received final legislative passage with a 95-2 House vote. The school formula for the 2014-15 school year was written by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. It will increase spending for... more »
  • House lawmakers reject ethics exemption for BESE

    May 29, 2014 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House refused to carve out an ethics exemption for members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that would have let them enter into contracts with state government. The proposal got tacked onto a separate Senate bill by a House committee. But the... more »
  • BESE agrees to do away with some school mandates

    January 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has agreed to shrink the number of mandates required of local school districts, despite concerns it would let school districts eliminate school counselors and librarians to cut costs. Superintendent of Education John White proposed changes to 150 different sections of... more »
  • BESE picks White as new La. school superintendent

    January 11, 2012 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public education board is hiring Recovery School District leader John White as state education superintendent. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Wednesday for White, who Gov. Bobby Jindal had heavily pushed for the job. The vote came only two days after the board's... more »
  • BESE votes for new biology textbooks

    December 9, 2010 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State school officials voted unanimously Thursday to go with new biology textbooks that have drawn controversy for not including criticisms of evolution. The full Board of Elementary and Secondary Education took up the issue this morning after the textbooks were recommended by a sub-committee which voted... more »
  • BESE to vote on controversial textbooks today

    December 9, 2010 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State school officials are expected to vote today on new biology textbooks that have drawn controversy for not including criticisms of evolution. The full Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is taking up the issue after the textbooks were recommended by a panel which voted 6 to... more »

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