Thursday, January 29, 2009

Picayune publishes editorial reply

Last week, the Times-Picayune ran an editorial critical of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers because of our continuing quest for properly resourced schools. Today, LFT President Steve Monaghan's reply is on the editorial page.

Here's a sample:

"We offer no apology for pushing for nationally competitive teacher salaries. Such a commitment has already been made to many of those in top leadership positions, and that commitment is without respect to a 'Southern regional average.'

"During the best of times, teachers had to fight for
funding for their students and fair compensation for themselves. Even during such good times, we could count on some to argue that now was not the time. During these difficult times, we must fight harder for a bolder vision. We owe it to our children, our profession, and to a Louisiana yet to
be born."

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