The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is the constitutionally created policy-making board responsible for the supervision and control of the public elementary and secondary schools, vocational-technical schools, and special schools under its jurisdiction. The board consists of eleven members, eight of whom are elected from single member districts and three appointed by the Governor from the state at large. The mission of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is to make policy for, supervise, and control the public elementary and secondary schools, vocational-technical schools, and special schools under its jurisdiction. The board exercises budgetary responsibility for funds appropriated for the schools, including the 8(g) Quality Support Fund.
The Administration Program makes policy decisions regarding such items as Minimum Foundation Program, teacher certification, teacher evaluation, continuing education, adoption of school books, and other items appropriate to the governance of Louisiana schools.
The Louisiana Quality Education Trust Fund (Permanent Trust Fund) was established in September of 1986 by the Louisiana Legislature. A Permanent Trust Fund was created to receive the bulk of the proceeds from an offshore oil revenue settlement with the federal government. A separate Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund was created in the Louisiana State Treasury to receive and hold the interest earnings from the Trust. Fifty percent of the earnings in the Support Fund are constitutionally mandated to be appropriated by the Legislature and allocated by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary (BESE) for the enhancement of elementary, secondary, and vocational-technical education.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR CHILDREN
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