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Monroe Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Law Unconstitutional

After a new trial the decision was handed down this week.
UPDATE: A Monroe judge calls parts of Louisiana's teacher tenure laws unconstitutional. 

District Judge Benjamin Jones handed down the ruling this week. The plaintiff in the case is a Monroe City Schools teacher facing dismissal. 

After a new trial, the judge declared portions of Act 1, pertaining to teacher tenure, are unconstitutional and ruled that the Monroe City School Board and superintendent refrain from using those procedures to discipline tenured teachers.

ORIGINAL STORY: MONROE -- The Louisiana Supreme Court is throwing out a Monroe Judge's decision involving a part of the education reform law.

Last year Judge Bobby Jones refused to let the Attorney General join a teacher's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the teacher tenure law.

The lawsuit was filed by DeAnne Williams, a Monroe teacher facing possible dismissal.

In its ruling the Supreme Court says the Attorney General's office was not given enough time to participate in the trial.

According to state law, if lawyers plan to challenge the constitutionality of a law, the attorney general must be given 30 days' notice and the chance to testify.

The case is being sent back to Ouachita Parish for a new trial.

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