CONTACT: Les Landon, Director of Public Relations

(Baton Rouge – October 15, 2014) Statement from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers following the State Supreme Court decision reversing a 19th Judicial District Court ruling on the constitutionality of Act 1 of 2012:

Obviously the Louisiana Federation of Teachers is disappointed by the high court’s decision. After the district court ruled three times that Act 1 is wholly or in part unconstitutional, we had hoped for a different outcome.

Since we have not yet had a chance to study the Supreme Court ruling, we cannot comment on its particulars. We have always maintained, however, that the ultimate solution to the problems caused by Act 1 of 2012 will be legislative and not judicial.

The bundling of objects, the basis of our original lawsuit, was just one of the reasons that we considered Act 1 so ill-conceived. Another of our concerns, the way in which Act 1 dealt with the discipline and dismissal of teachers, was corrected with the adoption of Act 570 in the 2014 Regular Legislative Session.

Act 570 should serve as a model for future cooperation between educators and lawmakers. The LFT intends to revisit other offensive sections of Act 1 in coming legislative sessions.