Act 1 en Louisiana's Education Reform May be Due for a 'Do Over' <p>It’s been nearly two years since Louisiana’s Legislature passed a package of highly-controversial education reforms. Since then, there has been confusion at the local school level and angst for teachers -- especially over changes to teacher pay and tenure under a new evaluation process. Courts have ruled some of the reforms violate the state constitution. Many are now saying the upcoming legislative session is the opportune time for a “do-over” on education reform.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:55:07 +0000 Sue Lincoln 22175 at Louisiana's Education Reform May be Due for a 'Do Over' Louisiana Act 1: "Still Unconstitutional" <p>The Jindal administration and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, a union, got to take a second bite of 2012’s Act 1 when the state Supreme Court sent the issue of the law’s constitutionality back to district court for a re-hearing.</p><p>19th District Judge R. Michael Caldwell says the apple is still poisoned, ruling again that the measure, sometimes called the “teacher tenure law”, is unconstitutional.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:47:47 +0000 Sue Lincoln 21054 at Louisiana Act 1: "Still Unconstitutional" Suit Over Teacher Tenure Changes Kicked Back to District Court <p>The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws – called Act 1.</p><p>Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 22:44:26 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11267 at On Second Thought, Tenure Changes Tossed <p>A state judge has thrown out rules passed last session tying teacher tenure and pay to classroom performance. Monday's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;decision is a turnaround from the same judge’s previous ruling.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In December, Judge Michael Caldwell threw out parts of what’s been called the “Teacher Tenure Act,” – parts that didn’t directly address teacher tenure, but made rules for school boards, visiting teachers, superintendents and principals.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That day, the governor touted the ruling as a success because it kept his tenure overhauls.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now the judge is saying the whole thing has to go.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 23:42:58 +0000 Kelly Connelly 7039 at On Second Thought, Tenure Changes Tossed BESE Expected to Approve Adjustments to Teacher Evaluations <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5590631598447211" style="font-size:20px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">State Superintendent of Education John White is advocating refinements to “Compass” – the program created by 2010 legislation to reform how public school teachers are evaluated. The changes stem from teacher input.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:32:09 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4799 at Tenure Changes Upheld in Split Decision <p>A state judge has upheld legislation tying teachers’ pay and tenure to their performance in the classroom. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed for the changes as part of his education overhaul.<br><br>Judge Michael Caldwell tossed out provisions of the same act that removed authority over hiring and firing decisions from local school boards, and required state reviews of district superintendent contracts.<br> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:53:37 +0000 Amy Jeffries 3729 at Tenure Changes Upheld in Split Decision Judge to Rule in Teacher Tenure Suit <p><strong><a href="">Follow WRKF on Twitter for real-time updates.&nbsp; </a></strong></p><p>Last spring at the capitol, thousands of public school teachers rallied against the bill that would tie their pay and tenure to performance through an evaluation system, which was rolled out at the start of this school year.</p><p>A state judge says he will rule Tuesday on whether Act 1 was passed in violation of Louisiana’s constitution.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:56:09 +0000 Amy Jeffries 3659 at Judge to Rule in Teacher Tenure Suit