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Teacher Tenure law ruled unconstitutional by Monroe judge

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Monroe judge is upholding his original ruling, calling parts of Act 1, Louisiana's teacher tenure law, unconstitutional.

The ruling was handed down this week by District Judge Benjamin Jones. He first declared part of the 2012 law - that made it tougher to reach tenure and changed dismissal procedures - unconstitutional in August.

This lawsuit pertains to a individual teacher, DeAnne Williams, who was facing possible dismissal.

At the state level, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers are in a similar battle regarding Act 1 against the State of Louisiana, the Department of Education, Governor Bobby Jindal, and Superintendent John White.

According to LFT Legislative Director Mary-Patricia Wray, parts of the law have been ruled unconstitutional in several district courts, and next will be seen by the Supreme Court. No exact timeline is available, but Wray says another judges ruling does add to LFT's case.

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MONROE, La. (AP) - A Monroe judge has refused to let the state intervene in a teacher's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's teacher tenure revamp.

Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Thursday that the state couldn't become a party to the lawsuit filed against Monroe City Schools.

In August, Jones declared as unconstitutional part of the 2012 law that made it tougher to reach tenure and changed dismissal procedures.

After his ruling, the state sought to intervene in the lawsuit, filed by DeAnne Williams, a Monroe teacher facing possible dismissal. Jones said there was no legal basis for him to let the state become a party to the case after his ruling.

Lawyer Jimmy Faircloth, representing the state, said he will seek to intervene during the appeal.

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