Educators running in 2019 eager to fight for public schools

Lori was recognized by the National Education Association as a candidate who is running to advocate for public education.

By Amanda Menas

Educators stepped up to run for office in record numbers in the 2018 midterm elections. That trend has continued through 2019 as teachers, administrators, and support staff are running across the country for state offices. Looking to flip key districts, educators are running to support their students and advocate for public schools.


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has supported educators by boosting salaries and defending scholarship opportunities, and students by investing $20 million in early childhood education. Governor Edwards also ended the corporate tax giveaway that harmed public schools and educators. LAE supports candidates in critical State Board of Education races, and throughout the state who are prepared to step up and protect public education.

Lori Callais

Background: Prior to retiring from the classroom, Callais taught across Louisiana at French Settlement High, Denham Springs High and at the Livingston Parish Adult Education Center. She has also led organizations that support children and adults with disabilities.

Race: Louisiana House of Representatives  District 71

Why she’s running: Callais prioritizes education as the number one issue on her platform. “As a retired teacher, I know that a strong workforce starts with providing a high-quality education to every student in Louisiana. This means fully funding our public schools, paying and treating our teachers as professionals and stopping our over-reliance on standardized testing.”

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