LA teacher tenure debate to get hashed out again in capitol
Chris Miller Reporting
Louisiana lawmakers will take on the issue of lifetime employment for public school teachers -- again -- when the legislature begins work next week.
The ruling that threw out last year's law that limits tenure didn't say the change itself is unconstitutional, it just said the way lawmakers did it was improper. The tenure reform was part of a law that included many other items. Opponents argued in court that the state constitution forbids the legislature from covering too many topics in a single bill.
Metairie Republican Conrad Appel says his bill this time around follows proper procedures, "so that if the supreme court doesn't have the time to rule while we're in session, we can use it as an insurance policy."
Louisiana Federation of Teachers union president Steve Monaghan says it's not that his group is committed to the status quo.
"There are places to improve the tenure process, and everyone agrees on that," he said. "The bill that we have before us is a very flawed and unscientific and unfair way to handle the issue of tenure."
The Louisiana Supreme Court has yet to schedule when it will hear the state's appeal of the lower court rulings.