Teacher tenure lawsuit sent back to district court

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.

Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.

The high court ruling Friday returns the case to district court for reconsideration.

The Supreme Court says its recent opinion in a separate education case involving Jindal's statewide voucher program contains new case law that could help Caldwell in making his decision.

Caldwell had sided with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, saying the objectives should have been spread out among multiple bills.

Jindal issued a statement saying he was encouraged that the case will be reconsidered.

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