Mar 23, 2012 5:52 AM by AP

Rare post-midnight session for Jindal ed bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It was a short break for the Louisiana House.

They adjourned just before midnight Thursday, then quickly reconvened in the first minutes of Friday morning to carry on with debate over a teacher tenure bill being pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The bill ties public school teacher job security to student performance measures while eliminating seniority protections for teachers when financially strapped school systems face layoffs.

Debate began Thursday night after an all-day session that resulted in passage of a Jindal measure expanding a voucher program that would allow some students in poorly performing public schools to attend private schools at government expense. The Senate will debate the measures next.


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