Gov. Jindal spoke about this year's legislative accomplishments including school vouchers, a "Teacher's Bill of Rights" that strengthens classroom discipline policies and increases teacher pay, increased career and technical options for high school students, and dual enrollment opportunities. The Governor stated his firm commitment to charter schools and said there were 52 charter schools operating in Louisiana with more than 20,000 students. He proudly said last year ALL of the charter schools reached AYP.
Gov. Jindal said the legislature passed a law that will help charter schools expand in Louisiana. The law:
- Increases the cap by 67%
- Increases flexibility for the state board of education to charter
- Allows for-profits to operate charter schools
- Limits authorizer administrative fees
- Institutes greater controls before charter schools are returned to their local school district
Gov. Jindal closed with the comment, "Politics should stop at the classroom door."