Mar 22, 2012 11:12 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A major part of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's education overhaul package has won passage in the state House of Representatives.
The complex bill allows government to pay private school tuition for some students while making new paths for creation of public charter schools that operate with broad autonomy from local boards.
The vote Thursday night was 61-41for the Jindal plan after roughly 12 hours of debate.
Still to be debated Thursday night was the other big bill in the Jindal package - a measure affecting teacher pay and job security and the hiring authority of local school boards.
Proponents said the Jindal bills will give parents more choices and improve education. Opponents said the bills unfairly targeted teachers and would divert badly needed money from public schools.