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Ruling expected Tuesday in teacher tenure lawsuit

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge is deciding whether he agrees with a statewide teachers union that Gov. Bobby Jindal's changes to teacher tenure and salary laws violated the state constitution.

Judge Michael Caldwell planned to rule Tuesday afternoon in the lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

The LFT says the bill bundled too many objectives and the changes should have been spread out among multiple measures. The union claims Jindal loaded up one bill to railroad it through the Legislature.

Act 1 made changes to the powers of school boards, teacher hiring and firing rules, teacher pay scales, the duties of principals and the job protection called tenure.

The Jindal administration says all parts of the bill related to teacher employment and could be included together under the constitution.

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