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LAGOP Supports Superintendent Cade Brumley’s Policy Shift Providing Parents a Local Option

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley issued new guidance last week which allows school districts to notify parents that their child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. His guidance lets parents decide whether to send their children back to school or not. Current guidelines require students to quarantine after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The LAGOP commends Superintendent Brumley for providing parents with a local option to determine their children’s education. Louisiana has lived under one-man rule by Governor Edwards for the past nineteen months, and it is nineteen months past due that parents be included in the conversation.

Article 101 of the Louisiana Constitution clearly provides that “Parents have the paramount right to raise their children in accordance with their own values and traditions; that the parents should make the decisions.”

“What we are trying to do is employ a common-sense approach that returns control to the local community and allows them to make decisions in the best interest of their kids,” Brumley said.

Louisiana is now among states with the lowest per capita rate of new cases, according to data from the Center for Disease Control. Governor Edwards and President Biden’s policy guidelines are damaging our children’s education and harming their future. The LAGOP fully supports Superintendent Brumley in allowing this local option.