Voucher, tenure laws can continue in Tangipahoa Parish

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a district judge's ordered blocking some of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies in Tangipahoa Parish.

In 2012, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle blocked implementation in Tangipahoa of new laws overhauling teacher tenure practices and allowing state-funded tuition for some private school students. Opponents had said the laws could interfere with desegregation efforts stemming from a 1965 lawsuit.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday vacated Lemelle's injunction, saying there was no proof that the state had violated -- or will violate -- federal law in the case. The ruling was the latest in a patchwork of court cases challenging Jindal's 2012 education overhaul.

The tuition voucher and teacher tenure laws are still under challenge in state and federal courts.

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