The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is challenging the constitutionality of recent education reforms passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal, according to a news release.
The suit applies to a set of acts which creates a voucher system for private schools with public dollars and redefines rules related to teacher tenure.
“By cramming so many objectives into just two bills, public comment and debate were stifled,” said Steve Monaghan, Federation president. “Legislators were given little information about the bills, and appeared intimidated into passing them without adequate debate and oversight.”
Named as defendant in the lawsuit against Act 1 is the State of Louisiana; the defendant in the suit challenging Act 2 is the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The plaintiffs specified in the suits are the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, the Jefferson Federation of Teachers and four individual Louisiana school teachers.