Wednesday, Bobby Jindal signed the 'School Voucher Bill', overhauling public education in Louisiana.

According to, this allows a large number of parents to send their children to private schools at public expense.

The bills marked what may be the signature achievement of his young second term. Gov. Jindal said they may be the most important he has signed since becoming governor in 2008.

He and other supporters of the three bills said they will transform education in a state that traditionally lags most of the nation in school performance.

"Ultimately, it will break the cycle of poverty," Archbishop Gregory Aymond said of the legislation, signed as school children from Redemptorist Elementary School crowded around the governor at a teacher's desk.

The wide-ranging measures also make major changes to teacher tenure, making it tougher to earn and keep while eliminating seniority protection when teachers are laid off.

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