Act One constitutional...mostly

Education

POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 7:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 7:49pm

Both teachers’ unions and representatives for the state walked out of district court on Tuesday with mixed feelings. This is after a judge ruled that Act One, .the part of Governor Jindal's education reform plan focusing on teachers, was mostly constitutional. The judge decided the parts of Act One related to things such as teacher tenure and compensation were reasonably related and therefore satisfied the single object rule.

"It essentially guts teacher tenure. Tenure does not exist in the form that it is now presented. There is no tenure for teachers," says Steve Monaghan of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

But it wasn't a complete loss for teachers unions. Judge Michael Caldwell ruled the part of Act One that included taking the power out of the school boards’ hands to hire and fire teachers and giving it to superintendents did not relate to the rest of Act One and was therefore not constitutional.

"I think we're still not where we need to be and that's the reality of the situation with this legislation. We still have room to grow," says Eric Lewis from the Black Alliance for Education Options.

But parents hope that when it's all said and done the best teachers end up instructing Louisiana’s students.

"There's nothing more important than a teacher, a great effective teacher in the classroom," says Khadijah Thompson.

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