Teachers union challenges Jindal education changes

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana teachers union is asking a state court to throw out a set of sweeping education changes pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by lawmakers in the just-ended legislative session.

At issue are changes to the state's elementary and secondary school funding formula that will pay for a statewide voucher program, online schools, college tuition scholarships and an expansion of charter schools. Also targeted in the lawsuits are changes made to teacher tenure law, to make it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers filed two lawsuits Thursday in Baton Rouge district court, calling passage of both measures unconstitutional. The lawsuits say the changes violate constitutional provisions governing the passage of legislation and governing the school financing formula.

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