States

Gov. Jindal’s Reform Agenda Moves Forward in Louisiana

May 11, 2010 1 min read

I’m fresh back from a 10-day getaway in California, and the battles over teacher evaluation and tenure are still raging in Louisiana and Colorado.

Yesterday afternoon, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation pushed by GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal that would link annual teacher evaluations to student academic performance for the first time. You may remember that Louisiana was one of a small number of states that pledged to base half of a teacher’s evaluation on student performance in its Race to the Top application.

This measure, if approved by the state Senate, would actually make the new evaluation system the law of the entire state, although it looks like the legislation allows for an opportunity to abandon the system after two years, no doubt a concession to those lawmakers who were wary of signing onto such a controversial, union-opposed system. Here’s a brief interview with a Louisiana-based reform advocate talking about the bill.

Yesterday’s vote is a big victory for Gov. Jindal, who is pushing a slate of school reforms during the current legislative session.

The Louisiana House also voted for a bill that would rein in what some say can be the micromanaging tendencies of school boards. A similar bill failed last year in what was largely cast as a showdown between state Superintendent Paul Pastorek, who favored the limits on school board authority, and the statewide school boards association. This time around, Pastorek is staying out of the debate.

In Colorado, debate over a teacher tenure bill brought one member of the state’s House of Representatives to tears. That measure, which cleared the state Senate, faces a tough vote in the lower house.

A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.

Events

Jobs The EdWeek Top School Jobs Virtual Career Fair
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Embracing Student Engagement: The Pathway to Post-Pandemic Learning
As schools emerge from remote learning, educators are understandably worried about content and skills that students would otherwise have learned under normal circumstances. This raises the very real possibility that children will face endless hours
Content provided by Newsela
Teaching Live Online Discussion How to Develop Powerful Project-Based Learning
How do you prepare students to be engaged, active, and empowered young adults? Creating a classroom atmosphere that encourages students to pursue critical inquiry and the many skills it requires demands artful planning on the

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

States Florida State Board of Education Bans the Use of Critical Race Theory in Schools
Lessons that deal with critical race theory and the “1619 Project” are not welcome in Florida’s public schools following a state board vote.
Jeffrey S. Solochek, Tampa Bay Times
4 min read
Richard Corcoran, the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education and Board Chair Andy Tuck listen as Dianna Greene, the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, addresses the board members during Thursday morning's meeting. The board members of the Florida Department of Education met Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Florida State College at Jacksonville's Advanced Technology Center in Jacksonville, Fla. to take care of routine business but then held public comments before a vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
Richard Corcoran, the commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, and Board Chair Andy Tuck listen as Dianna Greene, the superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, addresses board members before a June 10 vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP
States Let School Officials Seek Gun Limits for Potentially Violent Students, Feds Suggest
A model state "red flag" bill would let school officials ask courts to halt students' access to guns if they are deemed a risk.
4 min read
Students protest after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Students protest after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
High school students rally at the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 21 in support of those affected at the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
States From Our Research Center A User’s Guide to the Grading and Methodology
Here's a quick and easy guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the 50-state grades for school finance.
EdWeek Research Center
4 min read
Illustration of C letter grade
Getty
States From Our Research Center State Grades on School Finance: 2021 Map and Rankings
Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on school finance, along with how they scored on a host of indicators.
EdWeek Research Center
1 min read
Illustration of C letter grade
Getty