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More teachers filing suit to stop education changes

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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:27 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 21, 2012 6:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Teachers say new education laws touted by Governor Bobby Jindal do not support them, despite what Jindal's administration may say, and they're filing a lawsuit to stop the laws from going into effect.

The Louisiana Association of Educators plan to file the suit tomorrow morning in district court challenging the constitutionality of the laws. They are particularly not happy with parts of the education reform package which include the hiring and firing of teachers, and moving money from public schools to private schools.

"For them to say that they believe in teachers and that they want to empower our public school employees... We have a problem with that," said Joyce Hanes with the LAE.

Earlier this month the Louisiana Federation of Teachers filed a similar lawsuit protesting the governor's plan.

Today, Governor Jindal's office issued the same response they did after the LFT lawsuit was announced.

"Holding up these reforms in court will only deny parents and students the opportunity to escape failing schools. Our kids do not get a second chance to grow up," Jindal said in the statement.

News 2's Rosa Flores will have more on the suit tonight at 6.

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