Executive order issued over teacher comments
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order reminding school administrators that the First Amendment still protects free speech after a report that a Louisiana school asked a teacher to take down a social media post critical of Common Core.
The Town Talk of Alexandria reported that a teacher claimed she'd recently been asked to remove a negative comment she made about the educational standards on social media. The teacher said she was also "written up" and told not to post comments or speak to the media.
On Wednesday, Jindal issued an executive order reminding school administrators of the job protections afforded teachers under the 2008 Teachers Bill of Rights. The order said constitutional legal protections "shall be maintained" for teachers expressing opinions about changes to standardized tests and classroom standards.
Jindal has been making efforts to raise his national profile ahead of the 2016 presidential election. This week he spoke at the Citadel about his suggestions for future U. S. foreign policy, and this past summer tried to call a halt to implementation of Common Core in Louisiana classrooms. Lawsuits for and against Common Core are making their way through state courts, and the standards are still being implemented this year in Louisiana schools.