Incoming Governor Picks His State Education Board Members

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has selected his three appointees to the state's top public school board, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

         Named Tuesday by the governor-elect were: Lurie Thomason Jr., a Grambling State University criminal justice professor; Thomas Roque, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Alexandria; and Doris Voitier, superintendent of St. Bernard Parish public schools.

         The appointees will join eight elected BESE members at their first meeting of the new term next week.

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         BESE helps set policies that affect hundreds of thousands of public school students and chooses the state education superintendent. It also writes the multibillion-dollar financing formula for public education.

         In recent years, the board has been at the center of disputes over the Common Core education standards, standardized testing and charter schools.


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