The Lafayette Parish Association of Educators recently announced its endorsement of Lafayette Parish School Board candidates Britt Latiolais and Dawn Morris.

Both candidates face an incumbent in their district races. Latiolais, in District 5, faces Kermit Bouillion, and Morris, in District 7, is running against Mark Cockerham.

“Mr. Latiolais is the ideal candidate for District 5 who will make informed decisions in the policy-making process that support and defend public education in Lafayette. LPAE believes that Mr. Latiolais will be an articulate spokesperson for students, parents and educators throughout the parish,” Jonathan Cole, LPAE’s elections committee chairman, said in a news release.

Latiolais has emphasized smaller class sizes in lower elementary grades, ensuring funding directly affects classrooms and a reduction in unnecessary mandates that take away from instructional time, the release stated.

Morris is an attorney who previously worked as special counsel for the Lafayette Parish School System.

“Through her past work as an attorney in our school district, Ms. Morris has already proven that she will fight for our public schools. She brings to the table an understanding of educational law and policy-making that will greatly benefit our school system,” Cole said in the release.

“Educators believe that Ms. Morris is an intelligent, hard-working person whose focus is to put our children first and work closely with educators to achieve our district’s goals,” the release stated.

The association represents more than 40 percent of Lafayette Parish’s teachers, as well as hundreds of support and administrative staff.