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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


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

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!


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

Recent Topics


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

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


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?

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