Judge: Part of teacher tenure law unconstitutional
NEW ORLEANS - A north Louisiana judge has declared part of a 2012 law overhauling teacher tenure law in the state unconstitutional.
State District Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board. He said the constitutional rights of a teacher facing dismissal were violated when the board followed an appeal process outlined in the law.
Jones' ruling further complicates the judicial status of the broad law designed to, among other things, make it tougher for teachers to earn the job protection of tenure, and lessen the power of local school boards over a local superintendent's hiring and firing decisions.
A state judge in Baton Rouge had declared the law unconstitutional for different reasons this year. But the state Supreme Court ordered a review of that ruling.