BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – The Louisiana Higher School Board will not hold a special meeting to discuss whether to challenge Governor John Bel Edwards’ mask tenure for K-12 schools, after the last meeting on the subject was disturbed by unruly crowds who refused to follow the requirement to cover the face for public buildings.
Leaders of the State Council for Primary and Secondary Education released a statement on Sunday defending their decision to adjourn last week’s board meeting without discussing the legality of the Democratic governor’s mask requirement . Hundreds of parents had filled the courtroom with face coverings.
“The governor’s current executive decree is in effect until September 1. There are no plans to call a special meeting, ”said board chairman Sandy Holloway, a Republican from Thibodaux; Vice President Kira Orange Jones, a Democrat from New Orleans; and Secretary Ashley Ellis, a Republican from Monroe.
The education council voted 8-2 on Wednesday to adjourn the hearing without the mask debate – because a majority of the hundreds in attendance loudly and angrily refused to comply with the mask requirement for public buildings. The statement from the council leaders noted that they were reserving two adjacent rooms with social distancing and live streaming for people who refused to wear masks.
“As educators and responsible for education, we must be role models for children. Just as we would not allow this behavior in schools, neither will we tolerate refusal to follow the law, bullying, bullying tactics and endangering the health and safety of participants when of our board meetings, ”the statement read.
Several Republican lawmakers and the state’s Republican Party have called for a special education council meeting to reconsider the issue, arguing parents have the right to be heard by the 11-member council, which has eight elected members. by voters.
Edwards is expected to announce next week whether he will extend his statewide mask tenure, which covers all public indoor spaces, beyond September 1.