A Baton Rouge judge has thrown out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure law as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items.
Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he had upheld the provision that made it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure. That same provision also gave teachers more of an appeals process allowing the teacher to go before a panel as a final process if he or she has been fired.
Currently teachers can earn tenure after 3 years and one day.
Caldwell agreed with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers that he misread part of the bill for his previous ruling.
The Judge determined that the entire bill must be declared unconstitutional because it had too many different items crammed into it.