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Mary Washington
BESE member

Mary Washington, Lafayette, is a Math Lead Teacher with the Lafayette Parish School System where she coaches elementary math teachers. Washington was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Educators from 1994 to 2000. She was an influential member of the task force that developed Louisiana’s school accountability program. Washington is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1977 and then her Masters of Education in 1986.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

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!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


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?

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