BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has won his bid to overhaul the shape of public education in Louisiana.
The House gave final legislative passage Thursday to Jindal's proposals.
The bills will make it tougher for teachers to reach the job protection called tenure, establish a statewide voucher program for private school tuition, make it easier to create charter schools, expand online schools and restructure public financing of education.
Approval of minor Senate changes to the two bills came in 60-43 and 60-42 votes, giving Jindal significant triumphs early in the three-month legislative session, over strong opposition from the teacher unions and several thousand teachers who protested at the Capitol in recent weeks.
Jindal can sign the bills next week.
How SWLA representatives voted on House Bill 974 and House Bill 976:
Dist. #30: James Armes Tenure: No Voucher: No
Dist. #33: Michael Danahay Tenure: No Voucher; No
Dist. #34: A.B Franklin Tenure: No Voucher: No
Dist. #35: Brett Geymann Tenure: No Voucher: No
Dist. #36: Chuck Kleckley Tenure: Yes Voucher: Yes
Dist. #37: John Guinn Tenure: No Voucher: Yes
Dist. #47: Bob Hensgens Tenure: Yes Voucher: Yes