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Governor Jeff Landry signs education reform bill

Governor Jeff Landry signs bill requiring 10 commandments to be displayed in all Louisiana classrooms
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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 19, 2024

LAFAYETTE PARISH — Governor Jeff Landry signed a series of bills into law Wednesday morning, as part of his education reform package. The new bills are part of a package he's calling his ‘Dream Big Education Plan;' he says it's aimed at improving Louisiana schools.

"What we do know is that our children are failing again and again in comparison to other states around us," Landry said at Wednesday's conference.

Among the bills signed, a new law has been passed mandating the 10 Commandments be displayed in all Louisiana classrooms.

"If you want to respect the rule of law you have to respect the original law given, said Landry in front of legislators on Wednesday morning.

The bill is one of many controversial laws introduced by the Governor as part of his package on education reform. The Governor also approved a law that would require teachers and administrators to use pronouns assigned at birth rather than preferred pronouns for students in schools.

Landry also signed a new law enacting the Gator Scholarship Fund that would pay for private or parochial school tuition for Louisiana students.

"The first part of the legislation opens up the application process for those with children with special needs and the lowest of the income. We see how many people will participate and we budget. If that group doesn't come in then we start to ship the money up the economic scale," said Landry.

Landry says the new bills will give help to students falling behind, mandate what students are taught and give parents control over student education.