2022 Legislative Summary

This legislative session we saw an onslaught of damaging bills, aimed at weakening public education and undermining teachers’ voices. Many of our elected legislators who praised teachers as heroes at the beginning of the pandemic are now working to defund schools and micromanage teachers’ lesson plans. Thankfully, many of these bills failed to pass, but make no mistake, these attacks will continue.

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Nominate Delegates to the AFT Convention

Jefferson Federation of Teachers & School Employees is accepting nominations for delegates to the 2022 AFT Convention in Boston, which will take place from July 14th - July 17th.

All delegates must be JFT members in good standing and they must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have proof of vaccination in order to attend. JFT will provide funding for two delegates to attend the convention, but we may have up to 25 delegates in total.

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Week 11 in the Legislature

Under John White’s tenure, LDOE created this problem by not fully understanding the law and passing a series of legislation that contradicted federal standards as late as 2018.

Now, LDOE is working to pass this legislation that would allow them to process background checks for all current teachers and all future teachers at the time of certification or recertification, in addition to the background checks teachers already get when they become student teachers and when they're hired. This means that new teachers would have to get the same background check three times, and they’d have to pay for it out of their own pocket.

As Dr. Brumley said in his letter, “we should listen to classroom teachers” – so use this opportunity to let him know what you and your coworkers really need to be successful educators.

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JFT is Hiring a New Organizer!

Jefferson Federation of Teachers (JFT) seeks a full-time organizer to join our team. JFT is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, serving teachers and school support staff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Organizers are responsible for a variety of aspects of a campaign including building relationships with workers, developing issues-based organizing plans for assigned areas, and for recruiting and sustaining motivation of organizing committee members and activists. Union organizing experience preferred.

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Week 10 in the Capitol

Lobby Day
LFT and LAE leadership partnered to host a small delegation of local leaders at the Capitol. Our member leaders had the opportunity to be a part of committee meetings and speak directly to their legislators about the proposed pay increase and the struggles educators are facing in the classroom. Members discussed the importance of the proposed pay increase for teachers and school employees. They urged Senators to follow recommendations from the Governor and BESE to use newly recognized revenue to increase the raise, in order to better match what neighboring states have passed. Overall, it was an opportunity for legislators to hear directly from classroom teachers about how legislation has impacted the teaching and learning experience in our schools. Click here to see more.

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