Bossier Joins Celebration of the Power of Public Schools
There is strength in numbers and Bossier Schools is proud to join forces with school districts throughout Louisiana, responsible for educating more than 681,000 students in K-12 grades, to promote the #PowerofPublicSchools. Although National Public Schools Week is observed February 26-March 1, Bossier Schools is getting a jumpstart by making it a month-long celebration to focus on the impact and achievements made by educators and the district’s more than 22,000 students.
Calling public education “the great equalizer,” the late educator and U.S. Representative Horace Mann, who is considered to be the first American advocate of public education, said that “a human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.” In line with Mann’s belief and vision, every child in the nation – which numbers more than 51-million – is afforded the right to receive a free and appropriate public education.
“Public schools educate all children, with an emphasis on ‘all,’ no matter where they are academically or what their socioeconomic status is,” said Jason Rowland, Superintendent of Bossier Schools. “We have the privilege of serving a diverse student population that reflects society and providing not only a high quality education, but offering the extras that round out the whole child and contribute to their success.”
Throughout the month of February, Bossier Schools will highlight what public education looks like today and shine the spotlight on the wide range of opportunities offered, including Career and Technical Education (CTE); dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses; Gifted/Talented Arts; special education programs that enable students at all ability levels to achieve success; and the multitude of extracurricular activities that cater to students’ interests.
“When you look at the totality of all that our schools have to offer, it becomes clear why 92-percent of all school-age children living in Bossier Parish attend our public school system,” Rowland added. “Bossier Schools is not just a choice, but the choice for families.”