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Bobby Jindal Takes Up Education Reform and Takes On Teachers Unions

5:07 PM, Feb 29, 2012 • By JOY PULLMANN
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Since Hurricane Katrina shook the state, Louisiana teachers unions have been losing power. The storm wiped out many of the state’s infrastructures, including in education.  Seventy percent of New Orleans kids attend a charter school, which are largely non-unionized, and are gaining ground after decades of abject failure. Similar movements are coalescing around the state.

It remains to be seen how Jindal’s popularity and aggressive full-court press on education will influence the legislature. Local observers have told me it will be an “interesting session,” but that Jindal just might make his shots.

Joy Pullmann is managing editor of School Reform News and an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute

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