BESE candidate forum in Alexandria on Monday night

BATON ROUGE, La. (Louisiana Public School Coalition) - On Monday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m., the Louisiana Public School Coalition will host a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) candidate forum at the Alexandria Arts Council, inside The Rapides Foundation building at 1101 Fourth Street.

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Both District 5 candidates, Stephen Chapman and Ashley Ellis, have been invited to attend. The Alexandria forum will be moderated by KALB News Director, Al Quartemont. This will be the first in a series of statewide forums designed to give new and incumbent BESE candidates an opportunity to speak directly to their constituencies about the issues facing public education and the solutions they propose. All interested members of the community are invited to attend.

BESE serves three primary and important roles in the education of Louisiana students Kindergarten through 12th grade:
1. BESE hires the State Superintendent of Education, the administrative head of the Louisiana Department of Education
2. BESE adopts the rules and regulations that generally govern the operation of public schools and school districts
3. Propose the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP), the state funding formula for public schools and school districts. Other important functions include approving Type 2 charter schools, approving non-public schools, and overseeing teacher certification.

Each electable BESE seat is subject to election this year; therefore, it is critical that this Coalition of the major stakeholders in Louisiana Public Education - the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), Louisiana Association of Principals (LAP), Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS), Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA), and the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) – provide the public the opportunity to learn more about the BESE candidates and their education policy platforms which will directly impact over 700,000 public school students and tens of thousands of education professionals, paraprofessionals, employees, school boards, and retirees.

The persons elected to BESE have a greater impact on public education than any other state elected official.

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