AFT Comments on Louisiana Court Ruling on Education Measures
AFT's Weingarten: ""Judge Caldwell's decision upholds the rule of law in Louisiana and should be a wake-up call to so-called reformers determined to ram through top-down dictates that undermine the voice of educators and public schools at all costs."
WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on state District Judge R. Michael Caldwell's ruling today throwing out Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's education package that changed teacher tenure and salary laws. He ruled the entire bill unconstitutional because it bundled too many items that should have been separated out. In November, state District Judge Timothy Kelley ruled the state's voucher program is unconstitutional:
"Judge Caldwell's decision upholds the rule of law in Louisiana and should be a wake-up call to so-called reformers determined to ram through top-down dictates that undermine the voice of educators and public schools at all costs. Breaking laws has consequences.
"Louisiana needs to develop education reforms in a lawful manner and with teachers. The best way to develop legislation that will actually improve teacher quality and student achievement is to work collaboratively with teachers, who are in the classrooms every day and are closest to the students. States and school districts that recognize the importance of teacher input have developed innovative, smart education reforms that are making a difference for all students."
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