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AFT Liability Plan for Members.Members of AFT locals enjoy protection and coverage from an Occupational Liability Plan tailored to meet the needs of educators employed in public schools.
Title: AFT Liability Plan LFT
Caption: AFT Liability Plan for Members.Members of AFT locals enjoy protection and coverage from an Occupational Liability Plan tailored to meet the needs of educators employed in public schools.
Filename: aft-liability-insurance-lft.pdf
Size: 129 KB
This is an up-to-date compilation of laws that govern assault and battery on educators.
Title: Assault and battery on educators - criminal and civil laws
Caption: This is an up-to-date compilation of laws that govern assault and battery on educators.
Filename: assault-and-battery-on-educators-criminal-and-civil-laws.pdf
Size: 105 KB
Do teachers and other school employees have the right to press criminal charges against students who threaten their personal safety, or commit a battery? What is the definition of an
Title: Assault and Battery on Educators Q&A
Caption: Do teachers and other school employees have the right to press criminal charges against students who threaten their personal safety, or commit a battery? What is the definition of an "assault" and a "battery?" Answers to common questions when educators are victims of assault (threats) or battery by students and parents.
Filename: flyer-assault-and-battery.pdf
Size: 122 KB
Assessment Program. This is a compilation of the laws that govern assessments, observations and evaluations of teachers in traditional Louisiana public schools, including amendments through the 2017 legislative sessions.
Title: Assessment and Evaluation (Compilation)
Caption: Assessment Program. This is a compilation of the laws that govern assessments, observations and evaluations of teachers in traditional Louisiana public schools, including amendments through the 2017 legislative sessions.
Filename: assessment-and-evaluation-compilation.pdf
Size: 122 KB
Are you experiencing problems with a difficult parent who creates disturbances at school, or uses profanity in front of students, or makes threats of physical harm? You have the right to ask the school district to ban the parent from coming to school except for a pre-arranged appointment. Parents who ignore school district orders to stay away can be arrested and face arrest. This is a very useful law when parents create a disturbance on campus, or interfere with orderly instruction.
Title: Banning Persons from School Property
Caption: Are you experiencing problems with a difficult parent who creates disturbances at school, or uses profanity in front of students, or makes threats of physical harm? You have the right to ask the school district to ban the parent from coming to school except for a pre-arranged appointment. Parents who ignore school district orders to stay away can be arrested and face arrest. This is a very useful law when parents create a disturbance on campus, or interfere with orderly instruction.
Filename: banning-persons-from-school-property-2.pdf
Size: 29 KB
This is a compilation of Louisiana laws governing charter schools, current through the 2017 legislative sessions.
Title: Charter School Laws (Compilation)
Caption: This is a compilation of Louisiana laws governing charter schools, current through the 2017 legislative sessions.
Filename: charter-school-laws-compilation.pdf
Size: 340 KB
What are your rights when a student uses social media to threaten you, such as on Facebook, or a tweet, blog, etc.?  This is the complete
Title: Cyberstalking law
Caption: What are your rights when a student uses social media to threaten you, such as on Facebook, or a tweet, blog, etc.? This is the complete "cyberstalking" law.
Filename: laws-cyberstalking-14-40-3-lft.pdf
Size: 65 KB
Discipline Laws - This is a compilation of laws governing discipline of students in traditional Louisiana public schools. This is updated through 2017 legislative sessions.
Title: Discipline Laws Compilation through 2017 legislative sessions
Caption: Discipline Laws - This is a compilation of laws governing discipline of students in traditional Louisiana public schools. This is updated through 2017 legislative sessions.
Filename: discipline-laws-compilation-through-2017-legislative-sessions.pdf
Size: 318 KB
Discipline Q & A: Does a public school teacher in Louisiana have the right to demand that a disruptive student be removed from a class? When can a teacher have a student's drivers' license revoked? Answers to common questions concerning disciplining students in public schools. Revised to include amendments passed during 2017 legislative sessions.
Title: Discipline Laws Q&A Includes 2017 amendments
Caption: Discipline Q & A: Does a public school teacher in Louisiana have the right to demand that a disruptive student be removed from a class? When can a teacher have a student's drivers' license revoked? Answers to common questions concerning disciplining students in public schools. Revised to include amendments passed during 2017 legislative sessions.
Filename: discipline-laws-qa-includes-2017-amendments.pdf
Size: 185 KB
Effective November 15, 2009, all school boards were required to adopt policies governing educators' electronic communication with students. This includes texting. Here is the law...make sure you know your school board's policy.
Title: Electronic Communication with Students Law
Caption: Effective November 15, 2009, all school boards were required to adopt policies governing educators' electronic communication with students. This includes texting. Here is the law...make sure you know your school board's policy.
Filename: electronic-communication-with-students-law.pdf
Size: 120 KB
Educators around the country face an increasing number of false accusations made by students and parents. This flyer explains your rights and provides useful suggestions.
Title: False accusations against educators: how to respond
Caption: Educators around the country face an increasing number of false accusations made by students and parents. This flyer explains your rights and provides useful suggestions.
Filename: false-accusations.pdf
Size: 111 KB
This law states that you have rights if an administrator, principal, orothers  directly or indirectly attempt to influence or alter the grade you assign to a student. Has your school board violated this law?
Title: Grade Changes Law
Caption: This law states that you have rights if an administrator, principal, orothers directly or indirectly attempt to influence or alter the grade you assign to a student. Has your school board violated this law?
Filename: grade-changes-law.pdf
Size: 71 KB
Do you know your rights when you are injured on duty? Is the school or school district required to pay all of your salary while you are absent? Yes, if you work in a Louisiana public school and you were injured or disabled from an assault or battery, or in some situations while protecting a student's safety. Did you know that your employer is required to pay for transportation costs when you obtain medical treatment (there is a formula). Is it legal for a public school district to require you to undergo drug or alcohol screening whenever you are injured on duty? This flyer outlines your rights and your responsibilities. Revised July, 2017.
Title: Injuries on duty: How educators can exercise rights under La. Workers' Compensation laws
Caption: Do you know your rights when you are injured on duty? Is the school or school district required to pay all of your salary while you are absent? Yes, if you work in a Louisiana public school and you were injured or disabled from an assault or battery, or in some situations while protecting a student's safety. Did you know that your employer is required to pay for transportation costs when you obtain medical treatment (there is a formula). Is it legal for a public school district to require you to undergo drug or alcohol screening whenever you are injured on duty? This flyer outlines your rights and your responsibilities. Revised July, 2017.
Filename: workers-comp-how-to-exercise-rights.pdf
Size: 83 KB
This law, passed in 2008, is very interesting.
Title: Interaction with Students Law
Caption: This law, passed in 2008, is very interesting.
Filename: interaction-with-students-law.pdf
Size: 65 KB
Legal Reference Guide for Educators. This guide provides useful information on a variety of topics for Louisiana public school educators (includes charter schools). Revised July, 2017.
Title: Legal Reference Guide for Louisiana Public School Educators Revised July, 2017
Caption: Legal Reference Guide for Educators. This guide provides useful information on a variety of topics for Louisiana public school educators (includes charter schools). Revised July, 2017.
Filename: legal-reference-guide-for-louisiana-public-school-educators-revised-july-2017.pdf
Size: 133 KB
This law governs the length of the school day and school year in Louisiana public schools. We have included portions of the law which were repealed by Act 1 of the 2012 legislature, because of the court ruling on January 8, 2014 that Act 1 is unconstitutional.
Title: Length of School Day and Year law
Caption: This law governs the length of the school day and school year in Louisiana public schools. We have included portions of the law which were repealed by Act 1 of the 2012 legislature, because of the court ruling on January 8, 2014 that Act 1 is unconstitutional.
Filename: length-of-school-day-and-year-law.pdf
Size: 93 KB
This is an up-to-date excerpt of selected Louisiana laws that govern meetings of public bodies.
Title: Open Meetings Law
Caption: This is an up-to-date excerpt of selected Louisiana laws that govern meetings of public bodies.
Filename: open-meetings-law.pdf
Size: 130 KB
With a name like
Title: Paperwork Reduction Law
Caption: With a name like "Paperwork Reduction Law," it would be logical to conclude that this law requires school districts to reduce the amount of paperwork that teachers face on a daily basis. Well...not so much.
Filename: laws-paperworkreductionact.pdf
Size: 16 KB
Employers in Louisiana are prohibited from requiring an employee or someone who applies for employment to disclose their username, password for an employee's social media accounts. This document is the full text of the law, passed in 2014.
Title: Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act (Revised 2014)
Caption: Employers in Louisiana are prohibited from requiring an employee or someone who applies for employment to disclose their username, password for an employee's social media accounts. This document is the full text of the law, passed in 2014.
Filename: laws-personal-online-account-privacy-protection-act.pdf
Size: 72 KB
This law states that you have the right to duty-free planning time each day.
Title: Planning Time Law
Caption: This law states that you have the right to duty-free planning time each day.
Filename: planning-time-law.pdf
Size: 9 KB
This law governs the public's right to comment at open meetings of Louisiana public school boards.
Title: Public Comments at School Board Meetings law
Caption: This law governs the public's right to comment at open meetings of Louisiana public school boards.
Filename: public-comments-at-school-board-meetings-law.pdf
Size: 63 KB
This explains what educators must do when you have cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected. Educators are
Title: Reporting child abuse - educators are mandatory reporters
Caption: This explains what educators must do when you have cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected. Educators are "mandatory reporters" and are required to report suspected child abuse to the appropriate authorities.
Filename: reporting-child-abuse-educators-are-mandatory-reporters.pdf
Size: 82 KB
Has your school district discouraged you from pressing criminal charges against a student? Check out this law!
Title: Reporting Criminal Offenses Law
Caption: Has your school district discouraged you from pressing criminal charges against a student? Check out this law!
Filename: reporting-criminal-offenses-law.pdf
Size: 53 KB
This law was originally passed in 2001 thanks to the efforts of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and its concern for the safety of students and staff in Louisiana schools. The law requires school districts to adopt crisis management plans. This includes 2013 amendments.
Title: Safety Crisis Management Plan law
Caption: This law was originally passed in 2001 thanks to the efforts of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and its concern for the safety of students and staff in Louisiana schools. The law requires school districts to adopt crisis management plans. This includes 2013 amendments.
Filename: safety-crisis-management-plan-law.pdf
Size: 79 KB
This law states that school boards are required to furnish educators with a safe workplace...a place of employment
Title: Safety Duty Law
Caption: This law states that school boards are required to furnish educators with a safe workplace...a place of employment "free from recognized dangers or hazards that are causing or likely to cause serious injury or death." Does your school district comply with this law?
Filename: safety-duty-law.pdf
Size: 33 KB
Unfortunately, many school districts feel that acts of violence happen elsewhere and would never happen within their school districts. This is a dangerous
Title: Safety in Our Schools
Caption: Unfortunately, many school districts feel that acts of violence happen elsewhere and would never happen within their school districts. This is a dangerous "head-in-the-sand" approach to a very serious problem. This article discusses the problem and provides suggestions to educators who have concerns about the safety of students, and their own safety.
Filename: safety-in-our-schools.pdf
Size: 95 KB
This includes
Title: Sick Leave and Personal Leave for Educators Revised August 2017
Caption: This includes "assault pay" and "physical contact pay" for teachers and other school employees.
Filename: sick-leave-and-personal-leave-for-educators-revised-august-2017.pdf
Size: 138 KB
Educators should exercise great caution when using social media. This flyer gives practical advice on  how to avoid being subjected to disciplinary action and even dismissal because of Facebook posts, tweets, blogs, etc.
Title: Social Media - How to Tweet and Not Feel the Heat
Caption: Educators should exercise great caution when using social media. This flyer gives practical advice on how to avoid being subjected to disciplinary action and even dismissal because of Facebook posts, tweets, blogs, etc.
Filename: social-media-how-to-tweet-and-not-feel-the-heat.pdf
Size: 94 KB
Does your school district comply with this law? It provides for the suspension of drivers' licenses of certain disruptive students. It requires principals to notify the Office of Motor Vehicles when students face certain suspensions and expulsions.
Title: Suspension of Student Drivers Licenses Law
Caption: Does your school district comply with this law? It provides for the suspension of drivers' licenses of certain disruptive students. It requires principals to notify the Office of Motor Vehicles when students face certain suspensions and expulsions.
Filename: suspension-of-student-drivers-licenses-law.pdf
Size: 19 KB
Did you know that teachers in Louisiana public schools are protected by a Bill of Rights? Check it out...it has many useful provisions. Look for the part that states the penalties against school boards who violate the law. Spoiler alert: there aren't any penalties. Trouble is, the law itself doesn't impose any penalties against school boards that violate these rights. The law has no teeth to it. Legislators voted for this law as a
Title: Teacher Bill of Rights law
Caption: Did you know that teachers in Louisiana public schools are protected by a Bill of Rights? Check it out...it has many useful provisions. Look for the part that states the penalties against school boards who violate the law. Spoiler alert: there aren't any penalties. Trouble is, the law itself doesn't impose any penalties against school boards that violate these rights. The law has no teeth to it. Legislators voted for this law as a "feel-good" measure. Stay tuned...maybe someday the legislature will show its support for teachers by amending the law to impose penalties against persons who violate it.
Filename: teacher-bill-of-rights.pdf
Size: 52 KB
Teacher Tenure Laws including Act 570 of 2014: This is an up-to-date compilation of  Louisiana teacher tenure laws.
Title: Teacher Tenure Laws including Act 570 of 2014 (Revised Oct. 2015)
Caption: Teacher Tenure Laws including Act 570 of 2014: This is an up-to-date compilation of Louisiana teacher tenure laws.
Filename: laws-teacher-tenure-laws-including-act-570-of-2014.pdf
Size: 127 KB
This law prohibits students from using cell phones and other communication devices unless allowed to do so. Students who violate this law may be subject to disciplinary action.
Title: Telecommunication Devices in Schools law
Caption: This law prohibits students from using cell phones and other communication devices unless allowed to do so. Students who violate this law may be subject to disciplinary action.
Filename: laws-telecommunicationdevices.pdf
Size: 57 KB
Has one of your students  threatened you or placed you in sustained fear for your safety? The student may be arrested and charged with the criminal offense of
Title: Unlawful Disruption of a School
Caption: Has one of your students threatened you or placed you in sustained fear for your safety? The student may be arrested and charged with the criminal offense of "Unlawful disruption of the operation of a school."
Filename: unlawful-disruption-of-a-school-lft.pdf
Size: 73 KB
This law states that no persons shall enter school grounds without authority to do so, and requires school districts to adopt policies and rules governing visitors.
Title: Visitor Authorization in Schools Law
Caption: This law states that no persons shall enter school grounds without authority to do so, and requires school districts to adopt policies and rules governing visitors.
Filename: laws-visitorauthorization.pdf
Size: 60 KB
This is the law that allows public schools to search visitors entering public schools.
Title: Visitor Searches Law
Caption: This is the law that allows public schools to search visitors entering public schools.
Filename: visitor-searches-law.pdf
Size: 9 KB
This is an up-to-date compilation of laws that protect certain employees who report violations of laws. However, whistleblowers must follow certain procedures in order to be protected by these laws.
Title: Whistleblower Protection Laws
Caption: This is an up-to-date compilation of laws that protect certain employees who report violations of laws. However, whistleblowers must follow certain procedures in order to be protected by these laws.
Filename: whistleblower-laws.pdf
Size: 94 KB