A teacher who has acquired tenure before September 1, 2012, retains tenure and is subject to the provisions of this Section. Effective beginning on July 1, 2012, a teacher rated “highly effective” for five years within a six-year period pursuant to the performance evaluation program as provided in R.S. 17:3881 through 3905 shall be granted tenure. A teacher paid with federal funds shall not be eligible to acquire tenure, nor shall time spent in employment paid with federal funds be counted toward the time required for acquisition of tenure.
The school superintendent shall notify a teacher, in writing, when tenure has been awarded and the teacher is deemed to have acquired tenure on the date specified therein. A teacher who is not awarded tenure remains an at-will employee of the public school board or the special school district but shall acquire tenure upon meeting the criteria established above.

(Revised as per Act 1 of the 2012 Legislative Session)