Character Education Clearinghouse


The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education have established this Character Education Clearinghouse in response to R.S. 17:282.2. BESE and the Louisiana Department of Education do not endorse particular programs or resources contained within this site.

LA State Legislation

House Bill 102, Revised Statutes 17:282.2
From the 1998 Regular Session of the Legislature, relative to Character Education

Bulletin 741

Policy Statement:
Approved by BESE on March 25, 1999, "Districts shall develop a character education philosophy and implementation plan consistent with locally developed curriculum."

Character Education Programs in Louisiana

Character Counts (4-H) - Presently being implemented or piloted in varying degrees in parish/city school districts

Character First - Municipal program adopted by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Learning for Life - A character education program for K-12 students - This program is currently being used in public and private schools.

Louisiana Youth for Excellence - The Governor’s Abstinence Education Program, Louisiana Youth for Excellence (LYFE) was created to provide abstinence education and a positive youth development program to young people in Louisiana. The program is free of charge to all high schools and middle schools in Louisiana.

Quest: Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence

Manners of the Heart - A manners and etiquette curriculum for elementary school students - This program is in place locally at Buchanan Elementary School in Baton Rouge, LA
Contact -, 215 Royal Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, 225.383.3235

Random Acts of Kindness Program - Endorsed by proclamation of Governor Mike Foster
Contact - The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, 1727 Tremont Place, Denver, Colorado 80202

Additional Character Website Links