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Louisiana Federation of Teachers: A commitment to public education

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is more than an organization. It is nearly 21,000 teachers and school employees who wake up every morning determined to make a difference in the lives of all the children in our schools. Those dedicated professionals, our members, are the heart and soul of the union.

At the core of the LFT’s commitment to public education is our determination to preserve and protect the rights professional educators. They are the experts in their fields, and they have the education, expertise and certification required to provide the instruction and support our children deserve.

Good teachers are the backbone of any school, and the LFT works to ensure that they have the resources and freedom they need to do the jobs they were trained to do.

The LFT wants all children to succeed, and we support education reform that is grounded in solid research and achieves measurable results.

On this page you will find links to information and resources that demonstrate the Federation’s commitment to excellence in public education.

Click here to join the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

The LFT is a federation of autonomous local chapters, each with its own leadership. If you are not already a member we’d love to have you!

Please click here to fill out a short form. An LFT representative will contact you about joining your local federation chapter.

Access to a community of teachers sharing thousands of lesson plans:

Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other.

Share My Lesson has a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards.

Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. We have nearly 255,000 free teaching resources for you to use in your classroom and school today.

Click here to visit Share My Lesson.

Know your legal and professional rights

LFT defends the legal and professional rights of members. From grievance representation to legal/professional rights workshops, LFT provides the protection that members need and deserve!

Click here to visit LFT General Counsel Larry Samuel’s series of updates on legal and professional rights.

LFT takes legal action to defend public education

The LFT has filed lawsuits to defend the Constitutional right of all children to a free and appropriate public education.

Both Act 1 and Act 2 of the 2012 Legislative session violate the Louisiana Constitution, laws of the state and the professional rights of public school teachers. In concert with the Minimum Foundation Program formula adopted by the Legislature and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, these elements of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education agenda constitute the most radical assault ever launched against public education anywhere in the United States.

Click here to read about the lawsuits filed by LFT on June 7, along with updates announcing that other organizations have joined ion our suit against Act 2.

Click here to read the results of the first hearing on the Federation’s lawsuit, in which a district judge allowed funding to begin for vouchers to private and religious schools. The judge said that his ruling will have no effect on the ultimate outcome of the lawsuit.

Click here to read the Federation’s response to deeply flawed rules adopted by BESE to impose accountability on the new statewide network of voucher schools. Read why the federation termed the rules “a sham.”

Click here to download a primer on the effects of Act 1

Click here to download a primer on the effects of Act 2.

LFT: The most respected education organization in the legislature

With a reputation in the State Capitol for smart, clear-eyed leadership, the Federation has earned a reputation as the most effective advocate for teachers and school employees.
Click here to learn more about the federation’s legislative accomplishments this year.
Click here to learn how the Federation impacted a bill aimed at abolishing extended sick leave for teachers and school employees.

Be a part of the LFT’s legislative action team!

The LFT Action Center is the home page of the Federation's political clout!

  • Your source of information about the legislative session and other important issues
  • Your direct pipeline to the decision makers at the capitol
  • Your fast and easy way to influence representatives, senators and the governor

LFT Action Center publishes a weekly legislative digest during the session. We also publish regular updates on issues important to teachers and school employees. We'd like to e-mail them to you.

In addition, Action Center lets you speak out on important issues with a simple click of a mouse button.

It's FAST, it's EASY and it's FREE!

Click here to join the LFT Action Center.

The benefits of belonging

You get more than a membership card when you join the Federation. You have the combined strength of 1.8 million members of the American federation of Teachers and the nearly 21,000 members of the LFT.

Click here to visit the LFT Member Benefits page.

AFT PLUS is the name of the member benefit programs available to AFT members and their families. Many of the programs are provided through Union Privilege, the benefit arm of the AFL-CIO; others are unique to AFT and are coordinated directly through AFT PLUS. Explore the site and learn more about the savings and services available to you as a union member.

Click here to learn more about AFT PLUS Member Benefits.

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