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LFT preparing for rehearing of Act 1 decision

(Baton Rouge – May 31, 2013) The Louisiana Supreme Court today handed down a ruling vacating a lower court decision that Act 1 of 2012 violated the single object provision of the Louisiana Constitution, and remanding the case to the 19th Judicial District Court for a rehearing.

After conferring with counsel, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan said that he believes Judge Caldwell made the correct ruling, and that the LFT will be prepared to argue the case again when it is scheduled.

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Supreme Court: Voucher funding is unconstitutional

(Baton Rouge – May 7, 2013) The State of Louisiana may not use funds dedicated to public education to pay the tuition for students in private and religious schools, the State Supreme Court ruled today.

“The state’s highest court affirmed what we believed all along,” said Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan. “Our constitution clearly states that public education’s Minimum Foundation Program is reserved for public schools and public school systems.

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On Wednesday, YOU won in Baton Rouge!

Thanks in large part to the thousands of e-mails, phone calls and personal contacts that you have made with lawmakers, the House Education Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to delay the implementation of punitive elements of the teacher evaluation plan for another year.

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Morris Jeff teachers present collective bargaining petition

(New Orleans – March 2, 2015) Teachers at Morris Jeff Community School today petitioned their administration and board to recognize the United Teachers of New Orleans as their representative and to begin negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement.

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Opt-out movement needs a state response, LFT says

(Baton Rouge – February 5, 2015) A rising movement calling for parents to opt their children out of taking high-stakes tests is just the latest sign of chaos in the Baton Rouge education bureaucracy, and a signal that the state education board must take decisive action and give parents, teachers, and local school districts a sense of direction, according to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

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LFT supports $75 million increase in school funding

(Baton Rouge – December 16, 2014) Funding for public education’s Minimum Foundation Program will increase by some $75 million next year if a plan approved by the state’s MFP task Force today is adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Legislature.

“We started an important conversation today about the choices Louisiana must make for the future of our children,” said Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan.

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Voucher report: New lipstick on an old pig

(Baton Rouge – November 3, 2014) A Louisiana Department of Education report boasting success for Louisiana’s controversial school voucher scheme amounts to little more than political propaganda on the eve of an election, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan said today.

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AFT President Randi Weingarten will be LFT keynote speaker

(Baton Rouge – November 19, 2014) American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will be the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers’ 50th Annual Convention awards luncheon on Monday, November 24, 2014.

LFT will celebrate its Golden Jubilee at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, in New Orleans, from Sunday, Nov. 23 through Tuesday, Nov. 25.

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PSI embraces educational support staff

Members of AFT's PSRP division and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson joined Public Services International, the global public service workers union, to help kick off its new endeavor, the Educational Support and Cultural Workers Network, at its founding meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Jindal "went too far," LFT tells high court

(New Orleans – September 5, 2014) An attorney for the Louisiana Federation of Teachers told the State Supreme Court today that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration “went too far” in pressing for adoption of his signature education overhaul in 2012.

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