Election Results

On Friday, April 30th, the JFT Election Committee tallied the ballots in the JFT Election of Officers. Here are the winners:
 
PRESIDENT: Kesler Camese-Jones
 
VICE-PRESIDENT: Sandra Hauer
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL VICE-PRESIDENT: Allen "Coach" Collins
MIDDLE/JUNIOR HIGH VICE PRESIDENT: Chad Comeaux
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VICE-PRESIDENT: Rosamund Looney
RECORDING SECRETARY: Wanda Sargent
SECRETARY TREASURER: Erin Lyons
PARLIAMENTARIAN: Benjamin Lewis
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Week 3 in the Legislature

The MFP is Sent Back to BESE
On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee considered SCR 2, which is the legislative vehicle for the MFP – the school funding formula. The Committee decided to return the MFP to the Board of Elementary and ask that they increase the teacher/school employee pay raise. The recommendation they submitted to BESE, calls for a $1,000 increase for teachers/certified personnel and $500 for uncertified personnel.

HB 256 by Rep. Tarver APPROVED by the House Education Committee
If passed, this legislation would allow predatory organizations to recruit members and extract dues from school personnel, even when there is a union with collective bargaining & exclusivity. This means that the alternate and potentially exploitative organizations could make promises to “represent” and “advocate” for members, but wouldn’t actually be able to make good on those promises – leaving unsuspecting teachers and support staff left in the lurch. 
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JFT Update: April 26

Does this language sound familiar? It should. This is language taken from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), between the Jefferson Parish School Board and the Jefferson Federation of Teachers. On the surface, this appears harmless, but in actuality it is a method to circumvent and eventually discontinue the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is not good faith bargaining.

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JFT Election of Officers

Ballots for JFT officer elections must be received by the CPA firm not later than close of business this Thursday, April 29, 2021.
If you are eligible to vote, and you have not received your ballot or if you received your ballot but the return envelope was missing, please immediately notify the JFT Nominations and Elections Committee by sending an email to JFTelection@gmail.com. Arrangements will be made for eligible members to vote.
To be eligible to vote, you must have been a member in good standing of JFT since January 1, 2021.

 

JFT's Resolution Lead Directly to Senate Bill 35

In November 2020, Jefferson Federation of Teachers brought a resolution to the LFT Convention calling for a moratorium on teacher and student evaluation for the 2020-2021 school year. It also insists that SLTs be agreed upon by the evaluator and the educator and calls on BESE to apply for a waiver to ensure that suspension of these testing metrics wouldn’t negatively impact Louisiana’s eligibility for federal programs.
 
That resolution has directly led to SB 35. LFT worked with Senator Troy Carter to propose legislation that would hold teachers and students harmless for student growth measures for the 2020-21 school year.  

Join us in supporting Senate Bill 35 and asking your legislators to support this important bill. 

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The Legislative Session is Underway!

The 2021 Legislative Session began Monday, April 12th and LFT is tracking nearly 50 bills, all with the potential to impact Louisiana teachers, school employees, and their students. Our primary areas of focus include legislation around teacher & student evaluations, ensuring a pay raise for teachers & school employees, protecting employees’ union rights and protecting public funding sources for public education.

Here’s what you need to know:
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