Jindal seeks regulatory change, after bill fails
BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education hit a roadblock in the Legislature. Unrelated disputes between the House and Senate stalled the bill that would have directly tied public dollars to student performance.
Now, the Jindal administration is looking to make regulatory changes to address some of what the legislation would have done.
The bill by Republican Sen. Conrad Appel would have been the enabling language for Act 3. That law passed in 2012 and started plans to assign letter grades to preschools and daycare centers that receive public funding and steer dollars away from low-performing facilities.
Appel's bill got caught in the crossfire of arguments over the budget and didn't pass. He says the Department of Education can make some changes incrementally or on a trial basis.