Posted: Jul 3, 2012 5:45 PM by AP
Updated: Jul 3, 2012 5:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court says a teacher union was too quick to challenge a 2010 law allowing state education officials to exempt public schools from some state regulations.
The Louisiana Federation of Teachers filed suit against the law in Baton Rouge.
The union won its first round when state Judge Mike Caldwell ruled the law unconstitutional.
But the Supreme Court reversed Caldwell.
Monday's opinion said the lawsuit was premature. It said the law permits the state to grant waivers, but does not require it; and since no waivers have yet been granted, the union cannot say it has been harmed.
Gov. Bobby Jindal backed the law as a way to reduce red tape. Teacher unions feared the waivers could be used to sidestep teacher salary and job protections.