Seattle education official becomes head of BESE

Aug 16, 2012

A Seattle education official has been name as executive director of Louisiana's top school board.

The Advocate reports Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, will be paid $125,000 per year as executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.

The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.

BESE Vice-President Chas Roemer said Cope was impressive in her interview, has political and education policy experience and a passion for her work.

BESE President Penny Dastugue said 27 people applied for the job and four were interviewed.