BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal celebrated a major achievement of his young second term by signing legislation making sweeping changes to public education in the state.
Jindal chose a private, Catholic school as the site for Wednesday's signing ceremony. The bills he signed at Redemptorist Elementary School in Baton Rouge will - among other things - 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.