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.
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.
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.
A state judge says he will rule Tuesday on whether Act 1 was passed in violation of Louisiana’s constitution.
If women were allowed to get birth control without a prescription, Jindal argues, employers with moral objections would not have to pay for it and Democrats could no longer accuse Republicans of being against contraception.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to roll back the rate charged to inmates by about 25 percent. With an amendment made Wednesday, the lowered rate only applies to calls to family members, clergy, legal counsel, and some government entities, including schools. The charge for calls will drop when existing prison phone service contracts end or in two years.
The five commissioners approved the rate change without objection after an unusually lengthy and at times tense debate.
Author Myra Jolivet is a lot of things. She’s a former TV personality, a communications strategist, a brain tumor survivor, and above all a California native with Louisiana Creole roots.
In Jolivet's new murder-mystery novel, a family therapist from California survives her fiancé’s plot to kill her, embraces her gift of psychic visions and learns her Creole heritage is the foundation of her survival.
A lot of different ideas are being tried out to improve schools in north Baton Rouge. The civic group Better Baton Rouge brought together some of the major players Monday night to discuss the path to educational excellence.
Baton Rouge area voters will pick the next state Supreme Court justice in a runoff election Saturday.
John Pierre, professor and vice chancellor at the Southern University Law Center, says the new justice will likely help decide the biggest battles of the past legislative session. The fight over private school vouchers is just one of them.