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Penny Dastugue
President of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Ms. Penny Dastugue, a managing partner with PMJ Houma Development, is a Member-at-Large of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). She received her bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance from Tulane University. Ms. Dastugue first joined BESE in 2003 as an elected member from BESE District 1.

In 2007, Governor Jindal appointed her to the Board for a second term. Recently reappointed in January for a third term, Ms. Dastugue is serving her second consecutive year as the Board president. Previous to being elected president, Ms. Dastugue chaired BESE’s Administration & Finance Committee. Her interests in public education include school finance and its impact on student achievement and improving school and district leadership.

Ms. Dastugue has been married to Quentin Dastugue for 27 years, and they have three daughters: Kaitlin, who is graduating with a master's urban and city from the University of Pennsylvania; Margaux, who is graduating with a bachelor's in economics and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia; and Allison, who is a freshman at the University of Virginia.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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