COVID-19 information and resources
 
Apr 20 BESE Committees
Postponed - reschedule date TBA
Louisiana Purchase Rm. 1-100
Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge

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Apr 21 BESE Meeting
Postponed - reschedule date TBA
Louisiana Purchase Rm. 1-100
Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge

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Please be advised that the April 20-21, 2020, BESE Committee meetings and Board meeting have been postponed. This schedule change is prudent and necessary in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme risk of person-to-person transmission. Reschedule dates will be published once determined.

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Governor Edwards issued a proclamation closing all Louisiana public school facilities to students for 30 days until April 13, 2020.

3/20/20 - 2019-20 standardized testing waiver process approved by USDOE

3/19/20 - Additional K-12 state statutory waivers ordered by Governor, COVID-19

3/16/20 - Additional emergency BESE policy actions, statutory waiver requests, COVID-19

3/14/20 - Initial emergency BESE policy waivers related to COVID-19 health emergency


The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is the administrative body for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools; it also performs certain administrative functions for the state's non-public elementary and secondary schools. BESE adopts regulations and enacts policies governing the operations of the schools under its jurisdiction, and exercises budgetary oversight of their educational programs and services.


BESE believes that every child is valued, every child will learn, and that the future of the state and its quality of life depend on an educated citizenry. BESE is committed to making informed policy decisions that will result in improved academic achievement and educational opportunities for all students.