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Edwards announces BESE appointments

(Baton Rouge - January 5, 2016) Governor-elect John Bel Edwards today announced his three appointments to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Houston High School student designs LFT holiday card

(Lake Charles - November 22, 2015) Collin McInnis, a senior at Sam Houston High School’s LCB Academy in Lake Charles, is the designer of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers’ 2015 holiday greeting card. Collin’s art teacher is Bobbi Yancey.

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BESE Members Beebe and Hill are LFT’s Friends of Education

(Lake Charles – November 23, 2015) Dr. Lottie Beebe and Carolyn Hill were named today as the Louisiana Federation of Teachers’ Friends of Education for 2015. The Friend of Education Award is the highest honor that the Louisiana Federation of Teachers bestows on non-members of the union. It is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to public education.

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Edwards makes first public appearance at LFT convention

It was only natural. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers was the first organization to publicly endorse Governor-elect John Bel Edwards in what seemed like a long-shot bid for the governor’s mansion. Edwards returned the favor on November 22, when he made his first public address since the election to the LFT’s 51st annual convention in Lake Charles.

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The most important election in recent history

LFT announces endorsements, favorable candidates and constitutional amendment recommendations

(Baton Rouge – September 30, 2015) This fall’s elections will mark a watershed in Louisiana history. Eight long years of misrule by the Jindal administration make it crucial that supporters of public education vote for candidates who respect our teachers, schools and students.

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New study: NOLA charter schools deliver inequitable educations

A new study from Stanford University says that the proliferation of charter schools in New Orleans has “created a set of schools that are highly stratified by race, class, and educational advantage, operating in a hierarchy that provides very different types of schools and to different types of children.”

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Jefferson Parish teachers and school board agree on contract

The Jefferson Parish School Board’s approval of a collective bargaining agreement with the Jefferson Federation of Teachers marks the return of teacher voice in educational decisions and a culture of collaboration, which have been rejected for the last three years by the former board.

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LFT responds to the tragedy in Lafayette

Statement by LFT President Steve Monaghan

(July 24, 2015) Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the senseless, tragic shooting in Lafayette last night. It is especially poignant to learn that two of the victims are our colleagues, high school teachers who were simply taking in a movie on a Thursday night.

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Voters say NO to LABI's attack on public servants

UDATE: Although HB 418, the so-called Paycheck Protection Act, was scheduled to be debated on the floor of the House on Tuesday, no vote was taken.

Without discussion, the bill was returned to the calendar at the request of its author, Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette).

The bill cannot be brought back to the floor without notification, upon which a member may object and ask for a vote on whether or not to hear the bill.

BATON ROUGE, LA – April 7, 2015 - A new poll released Thursday by Lake Research Partners shows significant bi-partisan opposition to the so-called “Paycheck Protection Act” (HB 418) currently being considered by the Louisiana Legislature.

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