When the St. Martin Parish School Board proposed laying off more teachers and school employees, and reduce salaries and benefits for those who remain, it was up to the newly chartered St. Martin Federation of Teachers and School Personnel to come to the rescue.
St. MFT/SP President LaTonia Cretian addressed the board, asking members to come up with alternatives that would not hurt teachers and school employees. Her research showed that the board could use part of its "rainy day fund," as well as some money from the state's Education Excellence Fund, to avoid further cuts this year.
Within days, the board announced that it had decided against layoffs this year. KATC-TV reporter Carolyn Cerda covered the issue for this story.
View the video of the story here.