Louisiana's Senate has put Gov. Bobby Jindal on the verge of winning a historic makeover of public education in the state with two votes Wednesday for bills that would diminish teacher tenure, alter the power of local school boards and establish a statewide private school voucher program.
The House has already passed both measures but will have to vote again on a few Senate language changes. Barring unforeseen setbacks, the measures will gain final legislative passage today and be on Jindal's desk for his signature next week.
Unlike the House members from the Terrebonne-Lafourche delegation, who split their votes over Jindal's proposals, the local Senate delegation unanimously supported the governor's cornerstone reforms.