Some leave group critical of Jindal ed plans

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - The Louisiana Association of School Superintendents has left a coalition of teachers unions and others that have criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal's school policies.

The superintendents had been part of the Coalition for Louisiana Public Education, which includes unions, many school board members and others. But Michael Faulk, the president of the superintendents' association, said Friday that the association plans to go "in a different direction."

Faulk said some members of the coalition are more critical of the governor's proposals than superintendents are. He also said some good can come out of the governor's agenda.

That agenda includes changes in teacher tenure, expansion of charter schools and taxpayer-funded tuition for some private schools.

Coalition chairman Jack Loup said he doesn't believe the superintendents' exit will hurt the coalition.