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Education reform ruling victory for teachers group

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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is applauding the judge who struck down the third part of Gov. Jindal's education reform, ruling it unconstitutional.

President of LFT Steve Monaghan says, since the law has been enacted, it's created tension among the state's educators.

"It was a rushed-through process. As if shock and awe was the goal, and not a deliberative legislative process," said Monoghan. "What happens to teachers, affects the classroom, and affects the product and affects the quality of life for all of us."

The judge said he originally misread the law, which makes it harder for teachers to reach tenure. It was thrown out because it was contained in legislation with too many other items.

As it stands now, the law says a teacher has to be evaluated as "highly effective" for five of six years before they are granted tenure. Teachers who are rated as "ineffective" would lose their tenure.

Gov. Jindal says he knew fighting for reform in K-12 education wouldn't be easy.

"The reality is we owe it to the students, and the teachers that are trapped in the current system and have to fight with the status quo every day," said Jindal. "We owe it to them to provide our kids with a great education."

Last year, a segment affecting the authority of school boards and who they can and cannot fire was ruled unconstitutional. The funding for the state voucher program, was also struck down, since it uses tax dollars to send kids from failing public schools to private ones. The Governor plans to appeal the rulings.


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