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Judge set to rule on teacher tenure plan


POSTED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 5:40pm

Khadijah Thompson is the mother of two students. She's in favor of Governor Jindal's recently passed education reform plan that would raise the standards for teachers attempting to get and keep tenure.

"It allows effective teachers, great effective teachers to remain in the classroom and great effective teachers produce results for our children's education,” says Thompson.

Steve Monaghan is the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. He says instead of focusing on just tenure Act One was rushed through the legislature filled with stuff that has little to do with tenure.

"A steam roll, is a steam roll, is a steam roll and that's what happened,” he said.

For that reason, he says, it violates the constitution’s "Single Object Clause."

"To attempt to do what they did in the manner in which they did it was a grievous insult to the process and we think an insult to the constitution," says Monaghan.

Defense attorney Jimmy Faircloth didn't want to talk on camera, but he argued in court that all the elements in the bill are related and therefore constitutional.

But parents just wish both parties would just put their differences aside and do what's best for Louisiana's students.

"We mainly need to take politics out of the equation and think more about the education of our children," states Thompson.

A decision is expected to be made by Judge Caldwell on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

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