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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

11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

Special Presentation

Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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


Recent Topics

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?

08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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