Steve Monaghan is the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), a union representing teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel. LFT is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).New Orleans native Monaghan was first elected president of the LFT in 2003. In November of 2010, he was elected to his fourth term in office.
At the beginning of his career, Monaghan taught English, Speech, Creative Writing, and Computer Science in Orleans and Jefferson Parish schools. An active union member in both districts, he served as building representative and area coordinator, and, during the extended Jefferson Federation of Teachers' strike, was a zone coordinator.
Monaghan joined the state staff of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers in 1988, and served as Executive Director of Organizing for the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers from 1992 to 1999.
He joined the staff of the American Federation of Teachers as a National Representative in June 1999, and directed AFT organizing projects in East Baton Rouge Parish, the City of Monroe, Calcasieu Parish and with the United Federation of College Teachers, and directed the AFT's Campaign 2000 in Louisiana.
Monaghan served as the Director of the Louisiana Professional Educators Group from 2000 until 2001, when he was reassigned to work with the Colorado Federation of Public Employees in Denver. From there he went to Wisconsin to assist the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers in addressing the problem of 11 contracts held hostage by the legislature.
Just prior to his return to Louisiana, Monaghan worked with the New Mexico Federation of Teachers in a successful effort to launch statewide collective bargaining campaigns.
Steve and his wife Becky live in Baton Rouge.
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One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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