JFT Update: April 21

According to the JFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article X—Teacher Supplies: Teachers shall be reimbursed $100 per semester for teacher materials/registration fees for pre-approved conferences/workshops, including sales tax. All receipts are due Friday, April 29, 2022 for the 21/22 school year.

The application window for a Voluntary Transfer is OPEN NOW. Applications are due May 31, 2022. Certificated Teachers, Counselors, and Para-professionals are eligible for transfer if they have a minimum of 2 years of experience in JPS at their current school, hold a valid Louisiana teacher certificate in the requested subject-area vacancy (teachers and administrators only), and are currently not on any level of an Intensive Assistance Plan (IAP).

Week 5 in the Legislature

✔️ HB 510: Ending the Onslaught of Trainings
✔️ HB 363: Teacher Voice in SLTs
✔️ HB 98: Amended
✔️ SB 151: Preserving Local Control of ITEP
✔️ HB 819: Extending Maternal Health Leave to All Employees
❌ HB 986: Privatizing Food Services in Schools
❌ SB 145: Eliminating Local Input in Corporate Charter Schools

➡️ Six Opportunities to TAKE ACTION

Week 4 at the Legislature

The legislative session is in full swing, and the committees are considering important legislation that will impact educators and their families all over the state. One of the most enlightening discussions came on Wednesday during the consideration of House Bill 363.

HB 363 (Bryant) seeks to cement existing BESE policy into law. Unfortunately, the policy often isn’t followed in schools. Under BESE policy, SLTs are supposed to be drafted by teachers at the beginning of each school year, based on the unique needs of their students. Unfortunately, in many districts there is little-to-no discussion. This doesn’t happen everywhere, but it does happen too often, and it deprives our students of the individualized attention they are supposed to get from their educators. HB 363 simply says that if SLTs aren’t “developed collaboratively” with the teacher, those SLT scores shall not be used in the teacher’s evaluation.

It is supported by both teachers' unions and the Louisiana Association of Principals – all the stakeholders involved in this process in the schools. However, it faced significant pushback from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and the Pelican Institute...

PSRP Workshop: Saturday, April 9th

Staffing shortages are a big topic all over the country, and rightly so -- educators and school and college support staff bridge every gap necessary to make sure that students and families get what they need.

Join us in a professional development session to dig into staffing shortages from your vantage point and learn some ways to tell your story and step into your narrative power: Saturday, April 9th at 9:30 A.M. on Zoom.

Week 3 in the Legislature

This week brought an unexpected twist. The 2022 Regular Legislative Session was paused and interrupted a Redistricting Veto Override Session. On Monday, the legislature announced that a supermajority of legislators did not return ballots indicating they did not want to hold a veto override session. So, constitutionally a veto override session is called.

At the end of the day on Tuesday, the Regular Legislative Session adjourned, and at noon on Wednesday the Veto Override Session began. While scheduled to go at late as Sunday, the veto ultimately took only a few hours. By the end of the afternoon on Wednesday both the House and the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of the new Congressional map.

JFT Update: March 31


Sales Tax Renewal

On April 30th you will have the chance to VOTE YES for a sales tax renewal that helps fund our school district. The half-cent sales tax is not a new tax and there is no new cost to taxpayers. In fact, this sales tax has been funding JP Schools since 1993.