Educational choice candidates prevail in Orleans Parish School Board races

The Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC), the state’s voice for educational choice, congratulates its endorsed candidates, all who were victorious in Orleans Parish school board races in which the Louisiana Federation for Children Action Fund invested.

“During this election cycle, New Orleans voters overwhelmingly chose candidates who support educational choice,” said LFC president Ann Duplessis. “These candidates will protect the reforms that have improved the lives of thousands of New Orleans students.”

“Congratulations to Leslie Ellison, Woody Koppel and Nolan Marshall, Jr. for retaining their seats on the Orleans Parish School Board. Their victories reaffirm that parents are committed to implementing reforms and building upon the progress we’ve made during the past 12 years.”

These victorious candidates will join four other pro-reform candidates – Ethan Ashley, John Brown, Sr., Ben Kleban and Sarah Usdin – who were elected without opposition. These successful candidates will establish a majority on the seven-member board that will protect parental choice and preserve high-quality public school options for students.

The Louisiana Federation for Children seeks to improve Louisiana’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children. LFC supports a wide range of educational choice initiatives by building strong legislative coalitions and working closely with allies.  The organization also fights against bills and regulatory attacks that would create barriers for families in existing school choice programs.

LFC Action Fund election highlights, Orleans Parish School Board races:

  • 4th District: Leslie Ellison (incumbent), re-elected
  • 6th District: Woody Koppel (incumbent), re-elected
  • 7th District: Nolan Marshall, Jr. (incumbent), re-elected


Ann Duplessis is a former state legislator where she served on the Senate Education Committee and fought successfully to expand educational options for Louisiana’s children by authoring and supporting numerous pieces of school choice legislation. Duplessis resides in New Orleans and remains active in numerous civic activities.