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Tell the Senate Education Committee How Ida Has Impacted You!

On Tuesday, September 28th the Senate Education Committee is meeting to discuss "Storm Impacts and Recovery of K-12 Schools." They will be meeting with Superintendents from *some* of the school districts impacted by Hurricane Ida, but it's important that your elected senators also hear from teachers and school employees who are working in our schools every day. 

Let them know how Hurricane Ida has impacted you and your students!

What Should Reopening Look Like for Louisiana Schools?

On July 14th, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will meet to discuss reopening plans/policies for Louisiana K-12 schools.

Through House Bill 59, the legislature charged BESE to adopt "emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and others on school property are protected to the extent possible and practical from COVID-19."

These emergency rules will apply to all school districts. Local education authorities will have the ability to go above and beyond the rules set out by BESE, but they can not "adopt a policy, rule, or regulation that imposes a lesser standard." Click here to see BESE's preliminary rules proposal.

What do you want to see in the emergency rules? What do you want BESE to think about when they make these rules? What do you want them to consider?

It's important for the Board to hear from educators, parents and students before making these decisions. SEND THEM AN EMAIL NOW!

Choosing the Next State Superintendent

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's State Superintendent Search committee has narrowed the search down to six finalists. It is vital that BESE hears from educators like you before making this important decision. The finalists have all interviewed before BESE and you can read their resume and watch their interview below.

Volunteer on Election Day

 

Join members and staff from LFT, the AFL-CIO and locals around the state to volunteer this election day! We need to knock doors, make phone calls, send texts and do everything we can to get out the vote for Governor John Bel Edwards and other pro-public education candidates. 

Here's how you can help: 

Tell Your Legislators To Give Teachers and Support Staff a Raise!

On March 13, 2019 the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved a K-12 funding plan that designates $101 million dollars to reoccurring pay raises for teachers and school support employees. This could mean an extra $1000 for teachers and $500 for support employees and a first step towards getting Louisiana to the Southern Regional Average, but it isn't over yet:  This legislative session our representatives and senators will vote whether or not to approve this funding plan.

LFT's 53rd Annual Convention

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers' 53rd Annual Convention will be held on November 18-20 at the Sheveport Convention Center in Shreveport.

 

Take Action: Make your voice heard

Make your views known to those in Congress and state legislatures who represent you on the issues that affect working families every day.  Visit the AFT's Take Action page.