Mar 14, 2012 9:48 AM by AP

First votes set on voucher, tenure bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It's the first big test of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's clout in the new Legislature: A House panel hears his ambitious attempt to overhaul teacher job security protections and expand a publicly funded voucher program for private school tuition.

The package being considered Wednesday by the House Education Committee also could make it easier for private organizations to obtain charters to run public schools.

Jindal has been campaigning hard for public support of the plan, saying it will bring badly needed improvements to poorly performing schools.

The state's largest teacher unions, say the plan unfairly targets teachers. And a government watchdog group in New Orleans - the Bureau of Governmental Research - said Tuesday that the voucher program lacks needed accountability requirements for private schools that get taxpayer funds.


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