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The AFT calls for freedom to teach

AFT President Randi Weingarten today delivered a major address on the crisis hollowing out the teaching profession—massive disinvestment in public education and deprofessionalization. In her speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., she called for reinvestment and freedom to teach. It was followed by two panels featuring education leaders who laid out pragmatic solutions.

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Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

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Early Voting Has Begun!

Early voting is Oct. 16-27 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 25) from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Generally, your early voting polling location will differ from your election day polling location, so it's important to look up your voting sites.

Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to candidates and local ballot initiatives, every Louisiana voter will weigh in on SEVEN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

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‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.

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Send a Message to the School Board

On Tuesday at 5:00 P.M. the St. Martin School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting to consider the Superintendent's Reopening Plan. As teachers and support staff who work in these schools everyday, we want to see schools reopen as soon as possible, but we have serious concerns about the districts' ability to keep staff and students safe.

It's important for the Board to hear from educators like you before they make these life-or-death decisions.

Here's what you can do:
 
1. Call your board member. Click here to find the name and phone number for your Board member.
 
2. Send an email. Click here to send an email to the entire School Board.
 
3. Attend the meeting. If you feel that you can safely attend the Board meeting, then please join us on Tuesday afternoon so the Board can hear from us in person!
 
Special Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 -- 5 P.M.
Administrative Office
625 Corporate Blvd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

 

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The May Newsletter

PPE FOR LFT MEMBERS

LFT has partnered with our national affiliate, American Federation of Teachers to bring 30,000 masks to Louisiana teachers and school staff. These masks were donated to LFT by the United States Heartland China Association and the Wanxiang Group.
 
Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has plagued frontline workers throughout the pandemic, which is why LFT and our partners are making these free masks available to any member who needs one. Please contact your local affiliate to get your mask or learn about their individual distribution plan.
 

DON’T FORFEIT OUR FUTURE: PASS THE HEROES ACT

 
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Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

Today is the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week!

I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Even though we’re physically distant, it’s important that we recognize the remarkable work our teachers and support staff do every day.
 
On March 13th our world changed in an unprecedented way – every public school in the state shut down and we were given little time to prepare for remote learning. Under immense pressure, you worked around the clock
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Schools Close Due to Coronavirus COVID-19

On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed that all public schools in the state shall close beginning Monday, March 16th until Monday, April 13th and any gatherings of more than 250 people shall halt. Additionally, he has suspended the requirement for 63,720 instructional minutes per year.

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