BATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana Supreme Court ruling about the state’s statewide voucher program could have implications for teacher tenure reforms that were previously deemed unconstitutional by a lower court.
The Louisiana Supreme Court vacated a decision by Baton Rouge Judge Michael Caldwell that teacher tenure and salary reform passed by the legislature is unconstitutional, and called for him to revisit the case, taking into account the high court’s recent ruling on the state’s voucher program, the Associated Press reports.
The tenure and pay reform made it harder for teachers to earn tenure, and eliminated statewide teacher pay scales, prompting the Louisiana Federation of Teachers file a lawsuit in 2012 to challenge the law.
Caldwell previously ruled the changes unconstitutional because they bundled together too many of Louisiana’s education laws, the AP reports.
The Supreme Court in its recent ruling on the state’s voucher law, however, rejected a similar argument, and established new case law for Caldwell to consider, the news service reports.