Minden Press-Herald

Sep 16th

More to education bills than vouchers

BATON ROUGE — Vouchers, charters and tenure are the buzz words in legislation coming up for debate in the House on Thursday but the details in the complicated bills are more far-reaching than the often-brief descriptions in news stories might indicate.

If passed, they would continue an erosion of local school board members' influence in hiring and firing teachers — an erosion that began last year. Also in the bills are provisions making it easier to put non-certified teachers in charter school classrooms and others that could give colleges and nonprofit groups the power to authorize charter schools — public schools overseen by government but run with a great deal of autonomy by private groups.

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