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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), established in 1974, governs all schools in Louisiana. Specifically, BESE has the authority to create policies that govern the statewide operations of public and non-public schools, to administer the budget for educational programs and services at those schools, and to conduct administrative hearings to resolve any conflict concerning its policies and actions. The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is the state government agency responsible for implementing education in the state of Louisiana.

Each Louisiana Parish has its own School Board that governs schools in that parish. Public charter schools are authorized by either BESE or the local school board and operate schools via the contract also called “the charter”. Public charter schools authorized by the OPSB must abide by that contract including establishing their own boards. OPSB, in turn, holds that board accountable to its standards for a high-quality education. For more information on how OPSB holds public charter schools accountable, visit our School Accountability section.

External Resources

Meeting Agendas and Supporting Information

Board Policy
Policy Manual Display and Reference Guide

Guides and resources to help students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that suits their interests and needs.

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New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520
Email: Communications@opsb.us

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