Louisiana Supreme Court http://wwno.org en Suit Over Teacher Tenure Changes Kicked Back To District Court http://wwno.org/post/suit-over-teacher-tenure-changes-kicked-back-district-court The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws – called Act 1.<p>Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.<p>The court sent the case back, saying a recent ruling on Act 2, which created the state’s voucher program, will better inform Caldwell on how to decide the case. Fri, 31 May 2013 22:52:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 36568 at http://wwno.org State Supreme Court Rules School Voucher Funding Unconstitutional http://wwno.org/post/state-supreme-court-rules-school-voucher-funding-unconstitutional Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that money reserved for public schools can’t be used to pay for private school tuition under the state constitution.<p>The 6-1 decision, handed down Tuesday, undermines the school voucher program that was a keystone of the education overhaul pushed through the legislature by Gov. Jindal last year.<p>In a written statement following the ruling, Jindal said the program is, “alive and well.” Nearly 5,000 students are enrolled at private schools through the voucher program. Tue, 07 May 2013 16:43:00 +0000 editor 34836 at http://wwno.org Bernette Johnson Sworn in as La. Supreme Court Chief http://wwno.org/post/bernette-johnson-sworn-la-supreme-court-chief Her honor Bernette J. Johnson was sworn in as Louisiana's first African American chief justice Friday morning. Johnson was only able to take her seat after two civil rights lawsuits.<img class="asset-image" align="right" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/johnson_bernette01.jpg" alt="" /><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 28397 at http://wwno.org Louisiana To Soon Have State's First Black Chief Justice http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-will-have-first-black-chief-justice Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled today that Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to become the panel's chief justice at the end of January, NPR's Debbie Elliott tells our Newscast Desk.<p>Johnson will be the first African-American to sit in the chief justice's seat. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:29:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 21734 at http://wwno.org La. justice's lawyers seek $380K in fees, expenses http://wwno.org/post/la-justices-lawyers-seek-380k-fees-expenses <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Lawyers for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson are seeking more than $380,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses for work on her lawsuit over her bid to become the court's first black chief justice.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:24:03 +0000 The Associated Press 20404 at http://wwno.org Lawyer explains appeal in La. chief justice spat http://wwno.org/post/lawyer-explains-appeal-la-chief-justice-spat <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A lawyer for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a federal judge created confusion when she ruled in favor of state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the court's next chief justice.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:53:31 +0000 The Associated Press 19689 at http://wwno.org State appeals ruling in La. Chief justice spat http://wwno.org/post/state-appeals-ruling-la-chief-justice-spat <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The State of Louisiana is appealing a judge's ruling that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to become the court's next chief justice.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:09:25 +0000 The Associated Press 19675 at http://wwno.org Hearing set in dispute over next chief justice http://wwno.org/post/hearing-set-dispute-over-next-chief-justice <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:01:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18074 at http://wwno.org Sign-up period for Nov. 6 election runs this week http://wwno.org/post/sign-period-nov-6-election-runs-week <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">It's decision-time for anyone still on the fence about jumping into a race for Louisiana's Nov. 6 election.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Candidates must file paperwork this week if they want to run for office. Qualifying starts Wednesday morning and runs through Friday at 5 p.m.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:51:37 +0000 The Associated Press 17854 at http://wwno.org La. Court In Racially Charged Power Struggle, Again http://wwno.org/post/la-court-racially-charged-power-struggle-again A power struggle on the Louisiana Supreme Court is headed to federal<strong> </strong>court this week. Lawyers are seeking to reopen an old voting rights case that gave the Deep South state its first black Supreme Court justice. What's at stake in the racially charged fight is whether Louisiana will now have its first African-American chief justice.<p>Justice Bernette Johnson joined the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994, elected to a special seat created to remedy racial disparities in Louisiana's justice system. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:33:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 17790 at http://wwno.org