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Highlights of the 48th Annual LFT Convention


The 48th Annual Louisiana Federation of Teachers Convention was held on November 18-20 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, hosted by the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers.



LFT President Steve Monaghan's State of the Union address

A complete overhaul of the bogus “education reforms” imposed on public schools last spring will require “the legislative equivalent of a tsunami,” but the Louisiana Federation of Teachers is prepared to take on that challenge in the best interests of professional educators and the children they serve, LFT President Steve Monaghan told convention delegates

Sister Simone Campbell brings message of social justice

Sister Simone did not disappoint. In a very moving speech, she talked about the effects of our country’s ever-widening income gap, inviting people from the audience to illustrate the difference in income growth for people in different economic groups.

Louisana teachers and school employees named "Friends of Education"

“For their perseverance in the face of adversity, for their service to our children, and for their refusal to be defeated by unfounded and unfair political assaults, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers names all 80,000 Louisiana teachers and school employees as the 2012 Friends of Education,” LFT President Steve Monaghan announced.

Two LFT veterans receive Federation Pioneer Award

Longtime union leaders Jean Johnson of Lake Charles and Leona Venson of Alexandria today received Pioneer Awards from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. The award is presented annually to individuals who, over the years, made major contributions to the growth and influence of the LFT.

LFT welcomes its newest chapter, the Iberia Federation

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers welcomed its newest local affiliate, the Iberia Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel, at the LFT convention on November 18.

Federation chapters demonstrate union values

Six local chapters of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers today received the Union Values in Action Award for improving the lives of members, enhancing the influence of the union and advancing the mission of public education.

LFT recognizes Gannett and The Nation for education journalism

Six members of the Gannett newspaper chain’s reporting team were recognized by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers today for their groundbreaking series of reports on education issues emerging from the 2012 Louisiana legislative session.

Also receiving a School Bell Award for Excellence in Education Journalism was Matthew Cunningham-Cook, a reporter for The Nation magazine, who investigated the role that billionaire donors played in last year’s election to the state board of education.

Convention speakers share concerns

Three speakers at the 48th Annual LFT Convention brought important messages about issues that are important to teachers and school employees.

Convention photos: Sunday, November 18

Convention photos: Monday, November 19

Convention photos: Tuesday, November 20