State Superintendent of Education
Recognizing the need for transformational leadership statewide, SLCE began organizing to ensure that the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) prioritized community voice in the state superintendent search. Due to COVID-19, SLCE recognized that traditional avenues for community engagement would be negatively impacted and, via open letter, called on the board to provide transparency in the selection process and utilize digital resources to make the process as engaging as possible for community members.
Upon sending the letter, SLCE also partnered with other educational advocacy organizations to strengthen the ask for active community engagement in this process. Because of the statewide community push for engagement, BESE released candidate information and initial recorded interviews. The board also launched an online survey to collect public feedback regarding priorities for the state superintendent search. The survey has closed. Now, our goal is to have the board release the results for public review and urge its members to give clearer information about what the remainder of the process entails.
Announced of Monday, May 4th, BESE plans to vote on the next state Superintendent during the May 20th board meeting. We will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.
EBR Schools Superintendent
SLCE began organizing around ensuring that the next superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish was one who reflected what was best for the community. We began meeting with members of the community, hosting house meetings, and
turning out to the school board’s community meetings - all while
distributing a survey to narrow in on the issues salient to the community. By speaking out at school board meetings consistently, affirming the survey’s findings of an equitable
superintendent, SLCE was able to add the phrase, “An
unwavering commitment and dedication to support and growing a culture of inclusion and equity throughout the community”
to the candidate profile.
Since then, SLCE has attended and spoken at EVERY school board meeting to continue to press for an equity-minded Superintendent for EBR. Because of the community's push for active engagement, the interviews of the final 5 candidates will be open to the public. Due to COVID-19, the interviews, which were scheduled for the week of March 23rd, have been postponed with no new timeline given. Whenever they are rescheduled, public comment will not be allowed during that time; so we strongly encourage you to reach out to us and/or directly to your board member to offer your input.