Democrats, Jindal leaders clash on education
BATON ROUGE- Democratic state lawmakers are pressing Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration and his legislative allies to slow down debate over the governor's education proposals.
The bills would make sweeping changes to the way education is financed in Louisiana and to job protections and salaries for teachers.
The measures would make it easier to open charter schools and would create a statewide voucher program that uses tax dollars to send students to private schools.
The proposals won approval from the House and Senate education committees within the first week of session.
The governor's office wants the full House and Senate to debate the ideas this week, saying the state's poor education performance needs urgent attention.
Democratic legislative leaders say Jindal is trying to steamroll the issue, without allowing enough debate and public input.