Wednesday, April 17, 2024

BESE Unanimously Votes to Reappoint Dr. Cade Brumley as Louisiana State Superintendent

by BIZ Magazine

Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has made a unanimous decision to reappoint Dr. Cade Brumley as the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education. This vote took place on Wednesday, January 17, solidifying Dr. Brumley’s continued leadership in a role he has held since 2020, navigating unprecedented challenges such as the global pandemic and active hurricane seasons.

BESE President Ronnie Morris commended Dr. Brumley’s leadership, stating, “Dr. Brumley’s leadership has been instrumental in the improved academic outcomes Louisiana has made in recent years. We look forward to our continued collaboration as we continue to raise the bar for Louisiana students.”

Dr. Brumley expressed humility in the face of the opportunity to continue working alongside Governor Landry, the legislature, and BESE to further elevate Louisiana’s education system. Despite the challenges faced, Louisiana education has shown progress on both state and national levels under Dr. Brumley’s guidance.

The reappointment comes at a time when Louisiana’s education system has achieved notable advancements:

  • Louisiana’s overall state ranking improved from 46th to 42nd, with the state’s 4th graders securing the top position in the nation for reading growth on The Nation’s Report Card.
  • Louisiana’s K-12 education attained its highest-ever ranking in the U.S. News & World Report Best States ranking, moving from 46 to 41 between 2019 and 2022.
  • Consecutive years of improvement in Louisiana’s LEAP scores, showcasing the most significant year-over-year gains since 2016.
  • Louisiana’s statewide school performance score surpassed its pre-pandemic level following two consecutive years of growth.

Dr. Brumley emphasized the importance of maintaining a sharp focus on academic achievement in a state historically challenged in education. “Merit matters in Louisiana, and our students are as capable as any in the nation. Now is the time to set high standards and give every student the opportunities they need to reach their full potential,” said Dr. Brumley.

The next procedural steps for BESE involve negotiating and finalizing a contract with Dr. Brumley. Subsequently, the Board will seek approval of the contract from the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and confirmation of the appointment from the Louisiana Senate.

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