Your LFT Connection: January 2013

A message from LFT President Steve Monaghan

Dear Colleague,

      As we return to school for the second semester, there is a sadness that weighs down our excitement at the start of a new term. Once again, our nation has lived through the all-too-familiar tragedy of a mass murder in a school. As our hearts go out to the parents and relatives of the victims in Newtown, Connecticut, we wonder about the safety of our own children and colleagues in our communities.


State judge tosses out part of Jindal’s education overhaul

(Baton Rouge – December 18, 2012) For the second time in a matter of weeks, a state judge has ruled that Gov. Bobby Jindal and his legislative allies overstepped the State Constitution in adopting a radical and controversial overhaul of public education in the 2012 legislative session.


What does Judge Kelley's "choice" ruling mean?

By now, most everyone is aware that Baton Rouge Judge Tim Kelley has ruled in our favor, declaring Act 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session.

So what did the Judge rule, and how does the ruling affect Louisiana public schools?


Judge says state voucher scheme is unconstitutional

“Today’s ruling was a victory for the constitution and the rule of law,” said LFT President Steve Monaghan following the verdict. “It was also a victory for the nearly 700,000 children who depend on public schools for an education, and for local citizens who do not want their tax dollars diverted away from the uses they intended.”


Judge stalls Jindal education agenda in Tangipahoa

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle agreed with the Tangipahoa Parish School Board that both Act 1 and Act 2 of the 2012 legislative session will upset the agreement that allows Tangipahoa Parish schools to operate within federal desegregation guidelines.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan praised the judge’s ruling, saying that Gov. Jindal’s plan was hustled through the legislature too quickly for proper debate and oversight.