Jindal signs education reform bills into law in B.R.
Gov. Bobby Jindal celebrated a major achievement of his young second term today by signing legislation that makes sweeping changes to public education in the state. Jindal chose Redemptorist Elementary School—a private, Catholic school in north Baton Rouge—as the site for the signing ceremony. Among other things, the bills will allow the state to pay private school tuition for many low- and moderate-income students who want out of poorly performing public schools. The wide-ranging measures also make major changes to teacher tenure rules, while giving more hiring and firing power to school principals and superintendents at the expense of locally elected school boards. And they make it easier to create charter schools: private schools run with broad autonomy from state and local education officials. "We have a moral imperative to improve the education system for our children, our state and our country, and these new laws will be a game-changer for Louisiana," Jindal says. Read more about the bills and today's signing ceremony at Jindal's website here.
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Marie Desormeaux Centanni