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Mon March 4, 2013
Judge Throws Out Jindal's Teacher Tenure Revamp
A Baton Rouge judge has thrown out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items.
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.
Andre Perry Commentary