Education bills won't take effect until mid-summer

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 11:38am

Baton Rouge, La  — While several major education reform bills sped through the legislature, it will still be a few months before we see any changes.

Representative Steve Carter authored the bills surrounding teacher tenure and the school voucher program.

He says once the bills are signed by Governor Jindal, it will still be mid-summer before the laws take effect.

He says the law that will make it easier to take away teacher tenure will start around July 1, and the law that allows parents to remove students from failing schools will probably begin in early August.

"I just want kids to have a chance. I've had a great life, and I just want kids to have the same opportunities that I've had, and the key to it is education,” stated Carter. “So, we have an opportunity to get those youngsters from failing schools into better schools. The key to it is having good teachers - we’ve got great teachers out there now."

Carter says he still has one more bill left as part of the education reform package, which focuses on early childhood education.

He says that will be up for discussion as early as next week.

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