Louisiana Political News Wire
Session spelled big changes for schools
by Will Sentell - Advocate (excerpt)
Public school debates dominated much of the 2012 regular legislative session and produced what may become some of the most far-reaching education changes in the past 20 years.
“Some of this is huge,” said Stephanie Desselle, who monitors school issues for the Council for a Better Louisiana, or CABL. “It so fundamentally changes the way some of our school systems and school boards and superintendents operate,” Desselle said.
Most of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education agenda — much of it now under legal fire — shot through the Legislature in a first month marked by late-night, often bitter debates. One of the key laws will make it harder for public school teachers to earn and retain tenure, which is a form of job protection.
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