BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana superintendent of education released a statement Wednesday morning opposing a new graduation appeals policy.

According to Cade Brumley, the Louisiana House Education Committee will hold an oversight hearing Thursday, Oct. 26 on the new policy passed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The policy has been opposed by U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Governor-elect Jeff Landry.

Read Brumley’s full statement below.

“My signature on every high school diploma affirms a graduate’s readiness for work or higher education; this policy endangers that promise and diminishes the value of Louisiana diplomas for past, present, and future graduates.

“The graduation appeals policy is bad for Louisiana. At its core, it signals that our educational system is incapable of providing – and students are unable to attain – a minimum standard of proficiency in required subjects. We should continue the exploration and expansion of academic and support options for students, not impose a government-sanctioned excuse for mediocrity.”