I met with the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Educators Saturday to encourage their educators throughout the state to support the Recall Bobby Jindal Campaign.

Governor Jindal's influence on the media and his misrepresentations to the public make communications throughout the state very difficult. Having the support of this statewide professional organization of educators will be a great asset and will serve to inform teachers and other interested in real reform for public education.

Thank you to the members of LAE for the hard work they do every day for the children of Louisiana.


3:07 PM, Jun. 9, 2012 |

Written by: Mike Hasten

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Association of Educators Board of Directors unanimously voted Saturday to endorse the effort to recall Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Recall organizer Lee Barrios told the board she also is seeking endorsements from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.

LAE President Joyce Haynes cautioned the board before the vote that there would be repercussions. She said the recall effort has "fought the good fight" and the board could justifiably say "we have enough on our plate" and not get involved.

One of those things is a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new statewide voucher program and the school funding formula approved by the Legislature this month.

She said a number of teachers signed the recall during a rally on the Capitol steps during the legislative session.

Barrios said there was some talk of dropping the recall because of insufficient signatures by the September deadline, but organizers decided to "double our efforts" and branch out and try to bring in organizations.

"We want it to look successful," Barrios told the LAE board.

"There will be backlash" from the governor, Haynes told the board after the vote. "And it will always be the LAE" mentioned when the governor talks about those opposing him. She said Jindal already regularly "bashes" LAE Executive Director Michael Walker-Jones.

Diane Vickers, a Baton Rouge Republican on the LAE board, said she has 100 signatures she's sending in to the the recall.

The LAE has 20,000 members across the state. It has retired and active teachers, school support workers and higher education faculty at LSU, Southern University and community colleges as members.

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