Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is the administrative body for all Louisiana 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. Act 3 moves responsibility for all the publicly funded early care and education programs, including licensure of all child care centers, to BESE.
BESE is a Board with 11 members. Eight are elected, and three are appointed by the Governor, and all their terms run concurrently with the term of the governor. They all serve without pay.
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BESE generally meets every other month for two days. The first day is Committee meetings, where they sit as a Committee of the Whole (all members sitting as part of each Committee), and the second day they meet as the full Board.
The Bulletins (regulations/rules) that govern how statutes are to be implemented are proposed by the Department of Education, but must pass BESE before they go into effect.
For a schedule of BESE’s upcoming meetings, click here.
Agendas are generally posted 10 days prior to the date of the meeting.
To receive electronic notification of BESE published meeting agendas and related materials via email, click here.
To view live streaming of meetings click here.
Track Bulletins as they go through the rulemaking process, click here.
BESE Advisory Councils and Task Forces
BESE’s Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council
Act 868 of the 2014 Legislative Session created an Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council to provide input and guidance to BESE and the Department of Education on matters related to publicly funded early care and education programs.
For more information about the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council click here.