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Linda Johnson
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member (BESE) 8th District

Ms. Johnson was elected to the Board in November 1999 and began her first term of office in January 2000. Ms. Johnson serves as chair of the High School Redesign Committee, Vice-Chair of the Accountability and Assessment Committee, and is a member of the Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee. Ms. Johnson graduated from Southern University with a B.S. in Microbiology. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana. Co-owner of the Off the Rack dress shop and DIA-LIN Corporation, she currently serves as Human Resources Supervisor for the Georgia Gulf Corporation. She is a member of the Iberville Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), the Iberville Head Start Advisory Council, the Iberville Economic Development Commission, the Louisiana Chemical Society, and NASBE. She was recognized as Iberville Citizen of the Year. Her main areas of education focus are early childhood education and changes in the design of high schools.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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