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Jun 11, 2014 5:28 AM by AP

Jindal agrees to change teacher firing appeals

The law governing teacher appeals of firing decisions has been tweaked.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Tuesday the governor has signed the bill by Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson. It took effect immediately.

Teachers unions said policies pushed into law by Jindal in 2012 violated their due process rights because they weighted appeals hearings against a teacher.

The 2-year-old law created a system where a tenured teacher accused of being ineffective and fired could request a review before a three-person panel, with appointees from the superintendent, the principal who did the firing and the teacher.

Under the new law, superintendents will name a hearing officer to consider appeals, and both the superintendent and teacher can challenge the decision in court.


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