Notes and quotes from the Louisiana Legislature

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - American history courses in Louisiana's public high schools should include instruction on the nation's "founding principles," the House Education Committee agreed without objection Monday.

Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, said most high schools teach the list of items he wants to make sure are included, but he said the measure was designed to reinforce that "people understand where we started as a country and where we are today."

On the list of items to be required teaching are: the structure of government, separation of powers, free elections, equal justice under the law, private property rights, federalism, due process, individual responsibility and the Bill of Rights.

The proposal (House Bill 436) moves to the House floor for debate.

New Louisiana school bus drivers would no longer be able to reach the job protection status called tenure, if lawmakers agree to a proposal that received passage Monday from the House Education Committee.

The proposal (House Bill 293) by Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, would apply to any bus drivers hired after July 1. It wouldn't take away tenure for bus drivers who already have it.

Currently, school bus drivers have a probationary term of 3 years. If they are not dismissed or found unsatisfactory during that time, they reach tenure, which gives them a permanent job status and makes it harder for them to be fired. Harrison said he couldn't find evidence that bus drivers have tenure provisions in any other state.

The House committee backed the bill in a 9-3 vote, sending it to the full House for debate.


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