May 19, 2011 6:11 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House Speaker Jim Tucker is giving up on a proposal to merge the historically-black Southern University at New Orleans with the largely-white University of New Orleans, a racially-charged idea that had generated staunch opposition from black lawmakers.
Tucker says he doesn't have the votes and doesn't expect to be able to get them this legislative session. He says he won't push forward with a House floor vote on the proposed consolidation.
The decision Wednesday hands a significant defeat to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who sought the merger.
Tucker says he notified the governor's office of his decision, and the administration agreed.
Tucker called it a "sad day" for education, while the
Legislature's black caucus praised the decision to scrap the