Louisiana union leader eyes retirement _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan, right, speaks during discussion of the new set of 'common core' tests that Louisiana schools are moving to, Tuesday before Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) committee meetings at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.

Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, will be retiring soon after nearly 14 years leading the teachers’ union.

Monaghan, who has held the job since 2003, has not announced his last day on the job.

However, LFT spokesman Les Landon said Monday, Monaghan will be relying on his staff and executive board more in preparation for leaving his post.

Monaghan is a regular figure at the State Capitol and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

He has spent years making presentations on behalf of the LFT in committee debates and BESE hearings.

Monaghan and the LFT were early backers of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ successful run for governor in 2015. The election of the Democratic governor means the LFT and the Louisiana Association of Educators, also a teachers’ union, have a gubernatorial ally — for the first time in years — a relationship that can help bills they favor and derail those they oppose.

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