BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) -- Louisiana's 56th governor, John Bel Edwards, took his oath of office Monday afternoon. It's the first time since 2008 Louisiana has had a Democratic governor. The event was open to the public and thousands gathered to witness history being made.
On this brisk Monday, the large audience was filled with a surprising number of young faces.
Parents and teachers alike brought their children to the ceremony for the educational impact. Edwards is a longtime ally of state teachers unions, which have bitterly opposed most of the sweeping school changes enacted since 2012.
"In social studies, we were studying government, governors and mayors. I thought this would be a wonderful experience to see how it all comes together," remarked Cynthia Taylor, a 6th-grade teacher at Martin Luther King Christian Academy.
"They understand how special this is," Taylor said of her students,"we haven't had a democratic governor in a long time so I wanted them to be apart of this experience. I hope that his plan forum is true and that it wasn't just talk."