The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state to designate an ombudsman to help ensure equity for private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Responsibilities include monitoring and enforcing equitable services provisions involving private school services, as well as assisting school systems in the following areas:

  • Preparing for and conducting private school consultation meetings;
  • Preparing required communications to private schools regarding program scope of work, funding generated, and evaluation of services; and
  • Providing support if there are unresolved issues between local school systems and private school officials.

For assistance with ESSA implementation involving equitable services to private schools, contact Daphne Flentroy, LDOE Ombudsman, at Daphne.Flentroy@la.gov.

For further information about equitable services, see:


Equitable Services Forms

Brumfield v. Dodd

Information – Nonpublic School BESE and Brumfield v Dodd Approval by District