Judge says Jindal's teacher tenure laws unconstitutional

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A judge has thrown out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional.

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.

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.

A lawyer for the Jindal administration and the state Department of Education, says he will appeal the ruling.