Legislation making it tougher for Louisiana public school teachers to earn and keep the job protection known as tenure won state Senate approval 23-16 on Wednesday, edging Gov. Bobby Jindal closer to the major legislative achievement of his young second term: a broad, historic makeover of public education in a state that lags most of the nation in school performance.
The measure also limits local school boards’ authority to hire and fire teachers. And it strengthens the hand of local superintendents and principals in such matters. But debate has largely centered on its effect on longtime teachers.
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