LAE calls JBE win "victory for education"
Press Release from the Louisiana Association of Educators:
BATON ROUGE, LA — November 17, 2019 — Members of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) celebrate the re-election of Governor John Bel Edwards, their endorsed candidate for Louisiana Governor. LAE President Dr. Tia Mills called the outcome of Louisiana’s November 16 General Election a victory for the state’s public schools and the children they serve.
"Educators from every corner of our state made their voices heard Saturday by electing a leader who has a proven track record of supporting Louisiana's public schools and students," Mills said. "Throughout his first term in office, Governor Edwards showed school employees appreciation for their hard work. Because of this renewed sense of respect, along with a genuine seat at the table, educators from every walk of the profession are beginning to feel valued again, and that's why so many LAE members worked incredibly hard to help ensure his victory."
LAE members spent this election season informing citizens about Governor Edwards' history of supporting public schools. Members encouraged their families, friends, and colleagues to vote, not just for governor, but also for pro-public education candidates up and down the ballot. Association members connected with voters in person, online, and over the phone to make sure they knew what was at stake for public education this election.
Throughout the election season, LAE:
*Completed over 20,000 phone calls to voters;
*Knocked on more than 12,000 doors to have one-on-one conversations with voters;
*Sent over 16,600 text messages to supporters of public education;
*Helped coordinate and drive educator attendance (statewide) to nine roundtable discussions with Governor Edwards;
*Participated in more than 40 parades and other special events;
*Made nearly 2 million impressions through their digital ad campaign;
*Had their digital campaign ads viewed over 450,000 times; and
*Organized a statewide "get out the vote" tour, visiting with educators at more than 30 public schools across Louisiana and encouraging them to make a plan to vote.
Dr. Mills went on to say that with the governor’s track record of championing public schools, educators, and students for more than a decade now, she is confident that he will continue moving Louisiana's education system in a positive direction for the children of the state.
"We look forward to the next four years of working alongside Governor Edwards to attain additional pay increases for Louisiana’s dedicated teachers and school support professionals, but more importantly, to continue enhancing the educational experiences of all Louisiana's public school students,” she said.