The annual legislative session is now less than two weeks away. And while many are focused on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tax plan, lawmakers will consider other important issues as well.
That’s the subject of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to swap higher sales taxes for no income tax is getting a lot of attention — but let’s not overlook other important issues. Chief among them: education.
Last year, lawmakers passed most of the governor’s reform bills. Those new laws are now being reviewed by the state Supreme Court — for technical, not substantive, reasons. If the court declares them unconstitutional, as lower courts already have done, lawmakers will have to start all over.
Some are already doing that. State Sen. Conrad Appel, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, wants to fix the technical problems that tripped up last year’s education reform bills — and consider additional reforms. He predicts lawmakers will see bills to tighten accountability in higher education and early childhood education. All that, on top of bills to revisit last year’s fights over voucher funding, teacher tenure and accountability, and autonomy for local superintendents.
These are all vitally important issues in public education. The fact that lawmakers are looking at some of them all over again proves that the fight for education reform never really ends.
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