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In teacher survey, support for mass protests, walkout

Students in class (Source: WAFB) Students in class (Source: WAFB)

By KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mass demonstrations at the Capitol, petitions to lawmakers and a statewide strike are among the actions a majority of teachers who answered a union's survey said they are willing to take in a quest for pay raises.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers released the results of its online survey Monday. The union said 3,832 teachers responded. Fifty-three percent of them said pay is the top issue facing schools. Sixty-one percent said they would be willing to take part in a statewide walkout.

The respondents make up only a fraction of Louisiana's roughly 49,000 public school teachers. And the survey isn't a scientific measure. However, spokesman Les Landon said LFT believes the response was large enough to give an accurate picture of teachers' views.

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