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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Ahead of Monday's start of the 2013 legislative session, Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, discussed his hopes of a positive session.

Monaghan was in Lake Charles on Tuesday.

"We can't have a session like last year," Monaghan said. "Education legislation last year was not at the best interest of teachers or students and this session, hopefully, that's corrected."

The landmark education legislation passed in the last session was Governor Bobby Jindal's controversial voucher bill which was later ruled unconstitutional.

"That's proof that we did the right thing by fighting it," Monaghan said.

While the future of the voucher bill is being decided by the state's Supreme Court, Monaghan said already, there has been legislation filed for the upcoming session that furthers the plight of educators statewide.

"Simply put, we'll be fighting to correct what's wrong with education ... An ideal system would look fair and just and that's what we're working toward," he said.

Teri Johnson, president of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers, said Monaghan's discussion left her with a sense of hope and optimism for the upcoming legislative session.

"To know that we have people fighting for us is great," Johnson said.

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