Businesses Stand with Teachers


Have you seen this poster in shops in your community?

This sign says you're supporting a business that values teachers and education.


Jefferson Parish businesses know that our schools are the key to our future. Hundreds of Jefferson Parish small businesses have signed the “Stand with Jefferson Teachers” pledge to support high-quality public education for ALL students in our neighborhood schools. When we support these businesses, we support the principle that the workforce of the future is in our hands. Our education agenda IS our economic agenda.

Bring your shopping and service needs to the hundreds of local enterprises that have signed our pledge. You can take the list with you. Are you a business that would like to support public education in Jefferson Parish?  Print out this pledge, sign it and send it to us. We will make sure your name is included here and that our community, which includes thousands of teachers and school employees, is aware of your support.


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Latest News

  • AFT president Randi Weingarten joined more than 100 members of the Jefferson (La.) Federation of Teachers March 31 for a community walk in Jefferson Parish outside New Orleans. The canvassers went door-to-door to talk with residents about public education and the teachers’ vision for what Jefferson Parish public schools need: smaller classes, a rich curriculum that includes art and music—and teaching beyond standardized tests.

    The local has been sponsoring the walks twice a month since September in response to local school board and state education proposals to privatize public education through various routes, including taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools and homeschooling. Teacher tenure and pay also are under assault.

    The neighborhood walks are part of a larger campaign, “Building Minds, Leading Change.” More than 2,000 residents have signed postcards indicating that they share the teachers’ vision for the schools; and businesses throughout the community are displaying signs in support of the parish’s teachers and students.

    Weingarten told the canvassers that no school district succeeds without collaboration among district administrators, the teachers and the community. “When you put a face on educators, your neighbors will hear you,” she said.

    Jefferson Federation of Teachers president Meladie Munch says members— both classroom teachers and school support employees— “were touched” by Weingarten’s involvement in the community walk. “It’s been an all-out community effort, making everyone aware of what’s happening in public education,” says Munch.