Education showdown on tap at the Capitol today
Hundreds of teachers and school employees, clad in red, gathered at the State Capitol this morning as a House committee began hearing Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to overhaul teacher job security protections and expand public vouchers for private school tuition. Jindal was to testify before the House Education Committee around 9 a.m. The package being considered by the committee also could make it easier for private organizations to obtain charters to run public schools. The state's largest teachers unions say the plan unfairly targets teachers. Along with all schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, several local private schools and those in other districts across the state decided to close schools today and Thursday, allowing teachers to protest at the Capitol. Some districts are calling it a "professional development day," while EBR schools simply said they had too many teachers tell them they wouldn't be in today to justify holding classes. Read Daily Report PM today for a full recap of the day's events at the Capitol from columnist John Maginnis, who is providing exclusive commentary and analysis every day during the session.
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