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(Baton Rouge- October 23, 2012) Responding to a request from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled hearing to accept public comments on proposed accountability rules for private and religious schools that accept state funds as tuition vouchers.


Less than a year ago, Louisiana’s public school teachers were referred to in the harshest terms as our governor declared that some 44 percent of our schools were failures...Today Superintendent John White announced that, by his department’s own reckoning, a record number of schools have earned an “A” grade and the percentage of unsatisfactory schools has fallen from 44 percent to 36 percent.


Following yesterday’s release of a new policy from the Louisiana Department of Education students, parents and LFT members across the state have expressed confusion and concern about safety in their schools. The new policy could eliminate the need for students to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 before returning to school. While COVID-19 and the Delta variant continue to rapidly spread across the state, schools have remained a safer space due to increased COVID-19 protocols. Thus far, we have managed to keep the spread of COVID-19 in schools relatively low, and this has helped to

February 18, 2021
Heather Cushman

Baton Rouge, LA — Louisiana’s K-12 teachers and school employees will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, February 22, 2021. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers and School Employees has urged the Governor’s office to grant educators priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine since the State first began assembling its vaccination rollout plan. 

“This is an important development for our teachers, school employees, and the communities they serve. Vaccinating teachers and school employees is one of the


The following is a statement from the President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers & School Employees (LFT), Larry J. Carter, Jr. LFT is the largest organization of educators in the state of Louisiana.

“I’d like to applaud Senator Cleo Fields for the letter he sent to Governor Edwards today, requesting that Louisiana immediately expand vaccine eligibility to our teachers and school employees.


This week, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released an official opinion regarding constitutionality of payment to public employees, including teachers and support staff, during the COVD-19 closure of school and state offices facilities.

Unfortunately, there was debate about whether or not it was constitutional to continue to pay public employees if they weren’t working when offices were closed, and this opinion answers that question once and for all: it is constitutional to pay public employees during the COVID-19 shutdown. The Attorney General’s opinion makes it clear that if