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Veteran activists receive Federation Pioneer Award

(Shreveport – November 18, 2017) Jefferson Parish paraprofessional Laura Harper and Caddo Parish teacher Mike Myers today received Pioneer Awards from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. The award is presented annually to individuals who, over the years, made major contributions to the growth and influence of the LFT.

 

State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is LFT’s Friend of Education

State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith has been named the Louisiana Federation of Teachers’ Friend of Education for 2017. 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.

Caddo student designs LFT holiday card

John Hunter Berry, an eighth grade student at Caddo Middle Magnet School in Shreveport, is the designer of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers’ 2017 holiday greeting card. John’s teacher is Erin Sitten.

 

LFT jubilant at 53rd annual convention

Delegates to the 53rd annual Louisiana Federation of Teachers convention cheered news of the union’s biggest growth spurt, honored legislators and union leaders for their dedication to public education, were buoyed by keynote addresses from nationally recognized speakers, and were inspired by a best-selling author whose work with disadvantaged children became a popular motion picture.

Survey shows educators are feeling stressed out

A survey of nearly 5,000 educators released Oct. 30 by the AFT and the Badass Teachers Association shows that nearly two-thirds of educators usually feel stressed out, twice the level felt by workers in the general population. Most surveyed feel demoralized and disrespected by state and federal officials, especially Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Parents want safe, welcoming, well-funded public schools

Three in four public school parents say the public schools their children attend provide them with an excellent or good education, and 79 percent of parents are satisfied with their children's public schools when it comes to helping their children achieve their full potential, according to a nationwide poll of parents released by the AFT.

AFT and Puerto Rican unions agree to historic affiliation

Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, the union representing more than 40,000 Puerto Rican educators; AMPR-Local Sindical; and the AFT signed a historic affiliation agreement that will strengthen their joint fight against austerity and privatization and for public education and economic opportunity for the people of Puerto Rico.

Weingarten offers harsh critique of DeVos agenda

Educators, families and communities are in a David versus Goliath battle against powerful interests seeking to destroy public education and rip opportunity from children and families, AFT President Randi Weingarten proclaimed to more than 1,400 educators during her keynote address at the union's TEACH (Together Educating America's Children) conference.