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Louisiana state school board delays vote on new social studies standards

By: - December 14, 2021 7:57 pm

The Louisiana Board of Secondary and Elementary Education (BESE) met Dec. 14. (JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education  on Tuesday pushed back their deadline for approving the revised social studies standards for K-12 schools for the second time. The board will vote on the proposed standards in March instead of January.

State Superintendent Cade Brumley told the board that he wanted to push back the final approval deadline because of the sheer number of public comments the education department received on the latest version of the proposed standards.

From Sept. 30 to Nov. 30, 423 Louisiana residents left about 1,800 comments about the social studies draft guidelines. A chief concern among the comments was a fear that critical race theory would be taught in K-12 schools.

The approval deadline was first pushed back in October when BESE extended the public comment period on the standards from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30. The extension gave Louisiana residents two months instead of just one to weigh in on the proposed social studies guidelines. 

When asked if there were any specific concerns raised within the public comments that made Brumley want to take more time editing the standards, Matt Johnson, a spokesperson for the education department, said the superintendent’s decision was more about the large number of comments.

“He wants to give it their due diligence and consider all the different comments,” Johnson said.

Brumley and state education officials will likely revise the standards based on the public feedback, Johnson said.

At an October BESE meeting, Brumley said there were parts of the standards where he had “some concerns,” but didn’t specify what those concerns were.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.