Governor Bobby Jindal applauded Glenny Lee Buquet's decision today to run for re-election as the District 3 representative for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
Governor Jindal said, "Glenny has been a leader for education reform in Louisiana for 20 years. I asked Glenny to strongly consider running again because we are at such an important point for Louisiana's education system, and I'm excited that she has decided to return to BESE and continue her work to improve the education system for our children. We've made incredible progress in moving our education system forward, including implementing more effective dropout prevention programs, increasing accountability in school spending and putting more emphasis on high-quality career and technical education. These are great steps, but we've got more work to do and I look forward to working with Glenny as we continue to reform our schools and give students the tools to succeed in the 21st century workforce.
Buquet said, "I've heard from many folks in the community and across the state that encouraged me to run again. I believe we're at a critical point for Louisiana's education system and we must take advantage of every opportunity to improve our schools and give our children the tools to succeed. It's too important of a time for education reform in Louisiana. We cannot let this moment pass. That's why I've decided to run for re-election to BESE.
"There's a group in Louisiana that want to keep the status quo, but the truth is that we cannot continue to do the same old thing and expect different results. Education reform means putting students first. This cannot be about the adults. That's been my philosophy ever since I started working to improve education for our children and families in Louisiana. I've been part of the reform movement since day one and supported laws to make schools more accountable, improve teacher performance, increase literacy rates and better prepare our children for college or a career. One of the major drivers to help students is to better prepare our teachers. That's why I'm proud of my work on the Blue Ribbon Commission which has helped teachers become better prepared and provided more help for them in the classroom."