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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A Baton Rouge judge on Monday threw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws, saying the legislation was unconstitutional because it contained too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.
Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he had upheld the provision that made it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure and that eliminated statewide teacher pay scales.
On Monday, Caldwell widened his previous decision, saying he had misread a part of the bill for his previous ruling that allowed any part of it to stand.
The Republican judge determined that the entire bill must be declared unconstitutional because the bill bundled too many objectives that should have been spread out among multiple measures.