[Update: Boffy was cleared by the Ethics Board to remain a paid consultant with CCSSO.]

The Louisiana Ethics Administration will decide Thursday whether Holly Boffy, a Lafayette Parish resident and recently elected District 7 representative on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, can continue to hold a job as a paid consultant for a national, nonprofit education group. Boffy requested the advisory opinion from the board last November, about a month after she defeated incumbent Dale Bayard for the District 7 seat.

The nonprofit in question is the Council of Chief State School Officers, a group that encourages best practices among public-school administrators and staff nationwide. Boffy is a consultant for CCSSO’s Educator Evaluations Program, which the state of Louisiana doesn’t participate in, although the state Department of Education is a member and pays membership dues. BESE and the state DOE, however, are separate agencies.

A board attorney who researched the case is recommending that Boffy, the 2010 Louisiana Teacher of the Year award recipient, be allowed to remain on the CCSSO payroll.

See the board’s agenda item related to Boffy along with supporting documents here.

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