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Union argues education law unconstitutional

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Friday, September 05 2014 Sep 5, 2014 September 05, 2014 12:00 PM September 05, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for a teachers union says the Louisiana Legislature violated the state constitution in 2012 by overloading an education overhaul bill.

In arguments Friday before the state Supreme Court, Larry Samuel arguing for the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, took note of the bill's multiple provisions governing diverse matters including teacher tenure, salary schedules and local superintendents' contracts. He said it violates a constitutional prohibition on bills having more than one object.

Arguing for the state, attorney Jimmy Faircloth said the bill is constitutional. He said all of the items are related to education reform.

The bill was a major part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012 legislative package.

The justices did not say when they would rule.

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