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Judge Strikes Down Teacher Tenure Law

A state judge has again struck down part of the education reform law in Louisiana.
Baton Rouge -- A state judge has again struck down part of the education reform law in Louisiana.

The law makes its harder for teachers to get and keep tenure.

Judge Mike Caldwell struck down the law last year, but the State Supreme Court ordered him to reconsider that ruling.

Caldwell says Act 1 of the 2012 legislative session is unconstitutional because it illegally includes multiple subjects in a single bill.

Act 1 deals with teacher tenure, evaluations, teacher hiring/firing and tenure.

Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following statement regarding the court ruling on Act 1.

 “We believe it is Constitutional and we are going to appeal to the Supreme Court. This was the same decision the judge made last time, and we appealed it. The Supreme Court sent it back and asked him to reconsider. He issued the same decision. We will appeal to the Supreme Court again. The law will continue to be in effect.

“These reforms are constitutional and will help improve Louisiana schools for children and families across the state. The law rewards effective teachers for their hard work and ensures that we have a great teacher in the classroom so that our children have the opportunity succeed."

State Superintendent of Education John White issued a statement today concerning the 19th Judicial District Court ruling on Act 1 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session:

"Act 1 empowers educators to make decisions not based on politics but based on merit. Last year the Supreme Court advised Judge Caldwell to reconsider his original determination that the law's format is unconstitutional. As he arrived at the same conclusion as before, we will again appeal to the Supreme Court. We must allow educators to make decisions based on merit over politics."





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