BESE Report August, 2013

This month's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education got off to a rocky start, with member Lottie Beebe sharply criticizing the state for the way the Value Added Model of teacher evaluation is being implemented

LFT President: Reclaim the Promise!

Dear Colleague,

For the past few years, the debate about education has been a one-way conversation, with a lot of negative comments and misguided policies aimed at teachers and our schools. The voices of educators were largely ignored.

Survey: US parents prefer public schools to other choices

A new nationwide survey shows that parents overwhelmingly believe that strong neighborhood public schools are a better choice for our children than vouchers or charter schools.

“Parents believe that public schools are the single most important institution for their community and for the nation,” said Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan. “This survey shows that 77 percent of American parents support public schools, an opinion that cuts across political and class lines.”

LFT supports waiver to delay Common Core Standards

(Baton Rouge – July 17, 2013) Louisiana should take advantage of a U.S. Department of Education offer to extend the timetable for implementing Common Core Standards, according to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

Federation President Steve Monaghan said that the idea behind Common Core may have merit, but that like so many other education reforms that have been imposed recently, teachers and school systems have not been adequately prepared for the change.

LFT President Steve Monaghan injured in fall

(Baton Rouge – July 16, 2013) Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan was injured in a fall over the weekend and, while expected to make a full recovery, may be out of the office for several weeks.

Monaghan fell from a ladder while working on repairs to his Baton Rouge home on Friday, and fractured two vertebrae in his back. Full recovery is expected to take from six to eight weeks, though he may return to work sooner.
 

BESE Report: June 2013

“Course Choice” robs funds from at-risk programs

A scandal-plagued program adopted by the legislature in 2012 will be funded by taking money dedicated to at-risk prekindergarten students and other initiatives aimed at improving student performance.