BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's centerpiece education bills for the legislative session are on track for a Wednesday debate in the full Senate, which could get the proposals to the governor's desk this week.
The complex measures to create a statewide voucher program that uses tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, to expand charter schools in Louisiana and to revamp teacher pay and job protections have been moving at a speedy clip through the session, which started three weeks ago.
The voucher bill received approval in the Senate Finance Committee with a 9-2 vote Monday, setting up an expected Senate floor debate for Wednesday.
If the Senate backs both the voucher and tenure bills without changes, that would give them final passage. The House already has voted for them.