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Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

2 years 6 days 13 hours ago October 16, 2014 Oct 16, 2014 Thursday, October 16 2014 October 16, 2014 7:31 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill.

Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed the legislation affecting teacher tenure, salaries and the powers of local school boards and superintendents.

Some of the tenure provisions were reworked in 2014.

But Wednesday's decision still affects teachers dismissed under the law between 2012 and 2014. And it upholds parts of the law reducing the importance of teachers' seniority when school boards lay off employees; provisions giving the state authority to review local superintendents' contracts with their respective school boards; and an increase in superintendents' powers to hire and fire.

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