One of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature laws that makes it harder for teachers to earn and retain a form of job protection, called tenure, was declared unconstitutional Monday.Heh, heh. Another of the hastily thrown together educational "reforms" is declared unconstitutional by a District Court judge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first "reform" to be declared unconstitutional was the funding of vouchers for private schools with money constitutionally allocated to public schools. Of course, both decisions will be appealed, and who knows what will be decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Still, it's another setback for the the governor (who is at 37% approval rating) and his enablers in the legislature.
State District Judge R. Michael Caldwell, of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, who in December upheld the tenure part of a sweeping education law, reversed himself after hearing new arguments from both sides.
State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite and an opponent of the tenure law, said Monday that, during House debate on the measure, he and other opponents warned that it was legally flawed but that Jindal and his legislative allies “ramrodded it through.”Thank you, Rep. Edwards. You should know. Good luck to you in your run for governor.
Edwards, a lawyer, is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and has said he plans to run for governor in 2015.
Jindal and his minions in the legislature want what they want and don't seem duly concerned about the constitutionality of the laws they pass. What? Us worry?