Louisiana’s teacher-tenure law has been struck down by a district court. For a second time. By the same judge.
In a March decision, district Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the 2012 law, which revisits tenure rules, pay, and layoff policies in the state, crammed too many subjects into one measure, as I wrote about at the time. But on appeal, the state Supreme Court vacated that ruling and asked him to revisit it.
Caldwell did so, but didn’t change his mind.
According to the Town Talk, Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Superintendent John White are already appealing the new ruling to the state’s Supreme Court.
Keep in mind that Caldwell’s ruling doesn’t address the constitutionality of the teacher provisions—merely the way the bill was crafted. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers had called on Caldwell to address their contention that the bill contravenes due process rules in the state constitution, but he did not rule on that motion.
Third time’s a charm?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.