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Louisiana Judge rules Jindal's entire education reform law unconstitutional
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Jindal-collageLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has touted his education reforms nationally, might need to re-educate the public, the legislature and perhaps even the judicial system as a Baton Rouge judge dismissed Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items.

 

 

As per the Associated Press, Monday morning 

"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.

On Monday, Caldwell agreed with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers that he misread part of the bill for his previous ruling. The Republican judge determined that the entire bill must be declared unconstitutional because it had too many different items crammed into it.

Jimmy Faircloth, lawyer for the Jindal administration and the state Department of Education, says he will appeal the ruling."

 Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following statement today after a court reversed its original ruling on Act 1, a law that deals with teacher quality:

 

“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.

 

“When we embarked on this path of reform, we knew this would not be an easy fight because the coalition of the status quo is entrenched and has worked to hold Louisiana teachers and students back for decades.

 

“Despite the fact that the people of Louisiana voted for reform, the coalition of the status quo is attempting to use every legal obstruction to block reforms that reward good teachers and give more choices to families.

 

“We know that the families and teachers of our state deserve better. On behalf of the people of Louisiana that voted for reform, the good teachers who are working hard every day but are being held back by the status quo, and the parents and kids who deserve a choice – we will continue fighting and we are confident that we will prevail.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ISSUE, TALK ABOUT IT BELOW? DOES THIS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO GOV. JINDAL'S NATIONAL POLITICAL AMBITIONS?

 

 

 

              

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