Judge: Teacher tenure law still unconstitutional
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge upheld his prior ruling that Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws violates the state's constitution.
Jude Michael Caldwell issued the decision Wednesday, re-affirming his ruling from March when he stated the Act 1 legislation bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.
The Louisiana Supreme Court vacated the decision in May and asked him to re-evaluate his ruling, and new arguments were heard in December.
President Steve Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, who brought the original lawsuit, said the judge's ruling today vindicated their position on the law ever since its passage.
"This was a sprawling piece of legislation that was duck taped together," Monaghan said. "It was hastily done and we took it to court as we promised to do. As we said from day one, we came to court out of respect for the constitution."
Jindal said in an emailed statement that his administration would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court again.
"These reforms are constitutional and will help improve Louisiana schools for children and families across the state," Jindal said. "The law rewards effective teachers for their hard work and ensures that we have a great teacher in the classroom so that our children have the opportunity (to) succeed."
The law will remain in effect until the ruling is considered by the Supreme Court.