Judge throws out Jindal's teacher tenure revamp
A Baton Rouge judge threw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws today, saying the legislation was unconstitutional because it contained too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws. Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he had upheld the provision that made it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure and that eliminated statewide teacher pay scales. Caldwell today widened his previous decision, saying he had misread part of the bill for the previous ruling that allowed any part of it to stand. The Republican judge determined that the entire bill must be declared unconstitutional because the bill bundled too many objectives that should have been spread out among multiple measures. Jimmy Faircloth, lawyer for the Jindal administration and the state Department of Education, says he will appeal Caldwell's decision. Jindal issued a statement saying: "While the ruling does not judge the substance of the law, we're disappointed that the court reversed its original ruling. We expect to prevail in the state Supreme Court." Caldwell's decision sided with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, which filed the original lawsuit challenging the legislation and asked the judge to reconsider his previous ruling that upheld parts of the bill. More details can be found in the full story here.
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