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The November Newsletter

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Happy Thanksgiving from Louisiana Federation of Teachers!

Share My Lesson’s curated collections of free & engaging Thanksgiving lesson plan templates, resources, and activities to help teach students about this tradition from multiple historical perspectives: sharemylesson.com/collections/thanksgiving-lesson-plans

Through our ongoing partnership with First Book, LFT will be able to give hundreds of books to help Louisiana children in need this Holiday season. For more details, please contact your local leadership.

Runoff Election 2019: BESE

Gregory Spiers for BESE

Greg Spiers was a teacher and football coach at Ponchatoula High School in Tangipahoa Parish. He's decided to run for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in District 6 after seeing how destructive the Board's current practices are for our children. 

Greg is a product of the Louisiana public school system in Amite and he attended Southeastern Louisiana University before joining the Navy, where he became a U.S. Navy Seal. 

Greg wants to eliminate Common Core and give local school districts more control over their schools. He will give teachers a voice on the Board, change standardized assessment policies and increase opportunities for Jump Start. 

The October Newsletter

ELECTION SEASON

On October 12th Governor Edwards secured significantly more votes than any of any other Gubernatorial candidate. While insufficient to secure an outright win, this is a testament to his leadership and success as our Governor. In his first term, Louisiana has recovered from a devastating deficit, supported teachers and students, and he has delivered on his promise to restore faith in government. That is why so many teachers and support staff from across Louisiana have been working to ensure Governor Edwards’ re-election, and they will continue this dedicated work through November. To join your colleagues and volunteer in this election, please go to http://actionnetwork.org/forms/volunteer2019.

The September Newsletter

 

Louisiana's early voting period runs from Saturday, September 25th through Saturday, October 5th (except September 29th), so you have the chance to vote now, in advance of election day on October 12th. This year's elections are incredibly important for Louisiana's future. Not only is the Governor up for re-election, but so is the entire Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), as well as a number of important house and senate races.

 

Why BESE Matters

 

This fall, Louisiana has the chance to #flipBESE!

Learn why your vote is so important.

AFT members dive into candidate endorsement process

As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on AFTVotes.org.

LFT Announces 2019 Primary Endorsements

LFT Endorsements

Louisiana Federation of Teachers and School Employees (LFT), has announced endorsements for the 2019 primary elections. 75 candidates have been selected from around the state who have each demonstrated their commitment to supporting public education issues which influence our schools, our teachers, and our students.

The August Newsletter

Hundreds of new educators join the LFT family.

Each electable BESE seat is subject to election this year, which means you will have a chance to vote for your BESE representative in October. Therefore, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana Public School Coalition are hosting a series of candidate forums across the state.

And more!