Judge: Teacher tenure revamp illegal
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Baton Rouge judge has again declared Gov. Bobby Jindal’s revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws unconstitutional.
State District Judge Michael Caldwell issued his new ruling today.
Caldwell ruled in March that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana’s education laws. But the Louisiana Supreme Court vacated Caldwell’s decision in May and asked him to re-evaluate his ruling.
Caldwell heard arguments in December, and came to same conclusion.
The Supreme Court said its opinion in a separate education case involving Jindal’s statewide voucher program contains new case law for Caldwell to review. In that case, the high court rejected a similar argument that the voucher bill contained too many objectives.
The Louisiana Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit challenging the 2012 legislation.