Covering Louisiana

Mar 29, 2012 9:38 AM by AP

Senate's again debated voucher, teacher tenure

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It's a Senate committee's turn to deal with two House-passed education bills. One creates a statewide school voucher program; another makes broad changes to job protections for Louisiana public school teachers.

Passed by the House after close to 16 hours of debate, the bills are being pushed hard - and fast - by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The Senate Education Committee, which was set to hear the bills Thursday, is already on record in support of the measures, having approved similar versions last week.

Since then, the House has made a few changes. Those include a provision requiring the state education department to come up with more accountability standards for private schools that accept students through the government-funded voucher program.

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