Louisiana: Jindal Education Slate Draws Huge Crowd, Promises Long Debate

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

With three primary legs of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education agenda set for debate -- and votes, according to Capitol power players -- in the House Education Committee, the Louisiana Capitol is already abuzz this morning.

Hundreds of teachers and school employees have gathered on the Capitol front steps. Parking along the periphery of the property is full. And lines have formed in various lobbies and at building entrances, as onlookers await the few coveted seats in the Chairman Steve Carter's committee room.

The proceedings will be broadcast online here, with a scheduled 8:30 a.m. start time. Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said yesterday that he plans to work until the full House convenes at 4 p.m., then return to work in the evening, after the chamber adjourns for the day.

Here are a few outstanding questions and issues of policy, politics and process as lawmakers take up an unabashedly ambitious overhaul of teacher tenure rules and proposed expansions of charter schools and the use of public money to pay private school tuition.

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