Capitol Views by Maginnis: Education bills head to Jindal's desk
The House signed off on two major education bills in the governor's agenda today, which were amended more than changed at their core by the Senate, and have sent them to the governor's desk. House Bill 974 by Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, to overhaul teacher tenure rules and to give more power to superintendents instead of school boards, was concurred in by the House, 60-43. HB 976 by Carter, which would enable the expansion of charter schools and provide scholarships for public school students to attend private schools, also passed, 60-42. Carter declined to take questions from members after explaining the Senate's amendments. Opponents of the bills recognized the votes were not there to stop the bills, but they took the last opportunity to speak out against the measures. Besides Carter, no supporters spoke for the bill. Criticizing how many substantial changes were bundled into two bills, Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, said, "The Easter baskets we are delivering to the children, not all the eggs are edible, some are rotten." Read the full column here.
(John Maginnis will publish a daily update throughout the legislative session on Daily Report PM. The report is also available to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers on the Subscribers Only page at LaPolitics.com. Registration is available on the homepage.)
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is providing a daily video update featuring highlights of the session, which you can see beginning at 6 p.m. here.
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