The Acadiana Press Club will discuss on Tuesday the controversy surrounding the state’s new standardized tests for students and parents’ decisions to opt their children out of taking the exams scheduled next month.

At least a dozen students in Lafayette Parish won’t take the exam at their parents’ request.

The discussion will be led by a panel that includes Jay Jackson, chairman of the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council; Toby Daspit, president of Power of Public Education Lafayette; Heather Blanchard, co-founder of Parents Empowered; and Sandra Billeaudeau, assistant superintendent for the Lafayette Parish School System.

The panel discussion will begin at noon at The Daily Advertiser’s community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

The Bus Stop Food truck will be available for lunch purchases, and those interested are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. to grab lunch before the forum begins at noon.