Dear Louisiana Families:
Over the last four years under Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana has made far too little progress towards improving educational opportunities for our children. This includes both opportunities for a high-quality K-12 education and access to high-quality early childhood education and child care. Even more concerning, despite a public education system that ranks at or near the bottom of every national ranking, Governor Edwards continues to make clear that he opposes giving parents choices to prevent their children from being trapped in failing or under-performing schools that do not meet their needs.
As a state legislator, Governor Edwards consistently voted against measures to expand and strengthen school choice programs. As Governor, he has consistently criticized school choice programs and failed to increase funding despite imposing the largest tax increase in Louisiana history. Make no mistake about it, if elected for a second term, Governor Edwards will kill school choice.
As your next Governor, I commit to increasing funding for school choice programs and implementing policies that empower parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environment for their child. This includes traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, virtual learning opportunities and homeschooling. When it comes to the question of who knows what’s best for a child, I believe the answer is obvious: parents.
Many charter schools across Louisiana are thriving, and more and more high-quality, nationally renowned charter schools are looking to locate in Louisiana. As Governor, I will do everything possible to continue this trend. I will also work to expand the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the School Choice Program for Students with Certain Exceptionalities, and the Tuition Donation Credit Program through both increased funding and policies that expand access to these programs for a wider range of families.
Despite false information being spread by Governor Edwards and other liberal groups, school choice programs in Louisiana are working. Louisiana has some of the toughest accountability standards in the country, students in these programs are closing the achievement gap more quickly than other students, and most importantly, families are happy.
As Governor, I will bring educators and families to the table to gather input on how to improve and expand school choice options in Louisiana. And I will continue to support parents’ fundamental right to choose the best educational environment for their children.
I look forward to working with each of you and humbly ask for your vote.
Congressman Ralph Abraham
Candidate for Governor