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Happy Holidays from the LFT!

Camron T. Cheeks, a sixth-grade student at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology in New Orleans, is the designer of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers’ 2014 holiday greeting card. Camron’s teacher is William Jones.

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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Delivering literacy by the truckload in Oregon

Using a phone bank and other organizing tools, support staff at the Oregon School Employees Association's Centennial Chapter 113 spent months recruiting 2,000 classified employees, teachers and social service employees to sign up for First Book, a national nonprofit dedicated to putting books in the hands of children who need them most.

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Tell our leaders: More teaching. Less testing!

Tell our leaders: End the obsession with testing!

Louisiana spends hundreds of millions of dollars on tests that can unfairly and inaccurately compare and label our children, our teachers and our schools.

An “apples-to-apples” comparison is impossible and it shouldn’t be the goal of education. Our focus should be on deciding what our children need to know and on instruction. The purpose of testing should be to learn if children know what they should to be successful in life.

Click here to learn more and send a message to leaders in Baton Rouge!

Listen to LFT President Steve Monaghan discuss the controversy swirling in the state capitol.

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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