Senate approves tenure overhaul bill
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate backed Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to get rid of the statewide teacher pay scale and to make it tougher for teachers to get the job protection known as tenure.
The Senate passed HB 974 in a 23-16 vote and sent it back to the House to approve amendments that were added.
VOTING YES (23):
President Alario, Adley, Allain, Amedee, Appel, Brown, Buffington, Chabert, Claitor, Cortez, Crowe, Donahue, Guillory, Heitmeier, Long, Martiny, Peacock, Riser, G.Smith, Tarver, Walsworth, Ward and White.
VOTING NO (16):
Broome, Dorsey-Colomb, Erdey, Gallot, Johns, Kostelka, LaFleur, Mills, Morrell, Morrish, Murray, Nevers, Perry, Peterson, J.Smith and Thompson.
The measure is one of two bills Jindal proposed to overhaul education in Louisiana. The other would create a statewide scholarship program to pay for students in poorly-performing schools to attend a private or charter school instead.
Debate on that bill is currently going on in the Senate. News 2 will have more updates tonight starting at 5 p.m.