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UPDATED: OGB. Higher costs. Lower benefits.

Attorney General calls OGB benefit plan illegal!

On Tuesday, September 23, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued an opinion saying that the Office of Group Benefits violated the state’s Administrative Procedures Act when it adopted the new insurance plans. The opinion points out that “rules unlawfully adopted are invalid and unenforceable.”

Coming: A report on the September 25 hearing by the House Appropriations Committee

Click here to read the updated LFT Fact Sheet on the OGB plans.

Click here to read the Attorney General’s opinion.

Click here to read The Advocate's coverage of the Attorney General's opinion.

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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.

LFT responds to Roemer's "apples-to-apples" speech

LFT President Steve Monaghan: “Let’s talk about the inherent unfairness of comparing Louisiana children with children in other states, given the current chaos and the documented failure to prepare students, parents, and teachers for these changes,”

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LFT tells BESE: Suspend high-stakes testing

(Baton Rouge – July 29, 2014) Moments after the state’s highest education board voted today to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal for blocking the funds to pay for Common Core testing, LFT President Steve Monaghan urged the board to suspend high-stakes testing until the controversy is resolved.

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PARCC decision fails to address real issues

(Baton Rouge – August 20, 2014) Tuesday’s court ruling against the Jindal administration’s effort to block tests linked to Common Core State Standards fails to address the real issues facing teachers and their students as school opens for the 2014-15 school year, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan said today.

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BESE Report – August 2014

The August meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was contentious, with members clashing over the future of New Orleans’ John McDonogh High School, accountability for voucher schemes, the Recovery School District’s $213 million budget and more.

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