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LFT & LAE launch"It's Time to Get it Right"

AUGUST 31, 2015 – BATON ROUGE, LA – The leaders of Louisiana’s two largest public education unions –the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Educators – today announced a joint effort to spotlight candidates who support the best interests of public education.

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BESE member disputes editorial praising “reforms”

District 3 Member Dr. Lottie Beebe: “Louisiana cannot believe the claims that the 2012 reforms work.”

A Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member is taking issue with an editorial in The Advocate praising the state education board for the so-called reforms enacted in 2012 and pushed by Superintendent of Education John White and a majority of BESE members.

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Member activism keeps hundreds of PSRPs on the job

Faced with the threat of widespread layoffs of PSRPs, members of the Jefferson County AFT in Alabama responded by coming up with a plan that not only preserved the jobs of all the workers, but also laid the groundwork for well-earned raises.

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Six steps to debt-free college

The number of debt-free college plans beginning to circulate can be confusing, but the core message is simple: Higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and without the cost of crippling debt.

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Sen. Warren charts bold path to college affordability

In an event at the AFT, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reached beyond recent calls for student loan forgiveness and free community college to urge the nation not just toward lower or more manageable debt, but toward an entirely debt-free education.

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Court decision threatens America's working families

The leaders of five major unions issued a statement expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges fees non-union members pay.

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Jindal vetoes COLA, signs state budget

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a $24.6 billion state budget that includes an additional $36 million for public education, but vetoed a 1.5% cost of living adjustment for retired teachers, school employees and other public servants.

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Attack on unions returned to House calendar

A totally unnecessary clash between the big business lobby and public sector unions was avoided on Tuesday, May 12, when a bill that would have prohibited payroll deduction of union dues was returned to the calendar by its author.

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