As the daughter of a single mother who often made sacrifices to ensure her child attended the very best schools, Kira understands many of the challenges faced by families who want more for their children. Having grown up in an inner city neighborhood, when she became a teacher, she felt an even stronger responsibility to ensure the 4th graders she taught received a great education. Kira has spent almost 20 years as a committed leader and educator in our community. She has experience as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, a non-profit executive and on BESE working hard to advance statewide policies that give all our students every opportunity to reach their full potential. She knows firsthand: all our students have the potential to achieve at the highest levels, enter the workforce prepared to succeed throughout our state, and to compete nationally and globally.
Kira’s Commitment to Education
Kira was has served as the District 2 Representative for the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) for the last eight years. In this position, she has represented 400,000 Louisiana residents across 8 parishes on the 11-person board. The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is the administrative body for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools. It also performs certain administrative functions for the state’s non-public elementary and secondary schools. BESE adopts regulations and enacts policies governing the operations of those schools under its jurisdiction and exercises budgetary oversight of their educational programs and services. Kira commitment does not stop there; however, she also served as the District B Representative of the New Orleans Recreation and Development Commission (NORDC). She was appointed by then-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council to represent the Council District as a member of a 12-person Commission responsible for crafting and implementing the vision, direction, and strategy of the city’s largest department, serving 300,000 New Orleans residents and 70,000 children.
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Ten People Who Are Changing Education Today – And Will Be 10 Years from Now (2013) http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/sarameads_policy_notebook/2013/06/ten_people_who_are_changing_education_today–and_will_be_10_years_from_now.html
Young Education Leader: Kira Orange Jones, Education Week (2013)
Announcing the 2019 Women Worth Watching®Award Winners, Diversity Journal (2013)
Louisianians of the Year, Louisiana Magazine (2012)
“TIME” for Kira Orange Jones, Harvard Ed. Magazine (2009)
The Greatest Education Lab, Time Magazine (2008) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1659767,00.html