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Senate panel takes up education reform

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Posted: Mar 15, 2012 8:48 AM
Updated: Mar 15, 2012 8:48 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: wbrz, baton rouge, jindal, education

BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of teachers and school employees have amassed on the steps of the state Capitol as a political battle over teacher job security continues.

The Senate Education Committee is the focal point of debate Thursday. The panel is taking up its version of legislation to expand a state-funded voucher program for private school tuition, increase charter schools and diminish seniority and tenure protections for teachers.

A House panel approved similar measures Wednesday. The package is being pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

News 2 will keep you updated on the status of these bills on our website and newscasts.

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