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Hurricane Irma: The Road to Recovery

The long road to recovery from Hurricane Irma has begun. FEA is helping coordinate recovery efforts for members affected in the state, in addition to collecting donations. Please visit our Hurricane Irma site for more information on relief efforts and how you can help: https://feaweb.org/hurricane-irma  

By | September 13th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on Hurricane Irma: The Road to Recovery

HB 7069: a bad bill then, a bad law now

Welcome back educators! It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and the sound of school bells are already ringing in the 2017-18 school year. Where has the summer gone? Many of you, I am sure, have not had much of a summer because of working other jobs, recertifying or just preparing [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|In My Opinion, Legislative Session|Comments Off on HB 7069: a bad bill then, a bad law now

Devastation in Texas

Floridians are no strangers to the catastrophic effects of hurricanes. The devastation Harvey has brought to Texas families is staggering. Recovery will take months, perhaps years. During that time hundreds of thousands of Texas students will be displaced from their schools and homes – some may not have homes to go back to. We can [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on Devastation in Texas

DeVos is not the leader our public schools need

Below is a press release that was sent out today about tomorrow’s visit by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. FEA: DeVos is not the leader our public schools need TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall today criticized the scheduled visit Tuesday to Tallahassee by President Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos. “It’s no [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on DeVos is not the leader our public schools need

#Charlottesville

It is a horrible time in our country when bigotry and racism are accepted practices.  We are Americans.  We come from all walks of life and all races.  This is the land of the free and the place where people from anywhere in the world can come pursue their dreams. This is not the place for those who pedal [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on #Charlottesville

Welcome Back!

As teachers and education staff professionals all across Florida prepare for students to return, we at the FEA want to wish everyone a safe and wonderful school year.  We know that we educate 2.8 million students across this state. We know that public education is the cornerstone of our democracy and education is the key.  We know [...]

By | August 11th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on Welcome Back!

A lot accomplished in a short amount of time!

Yesterday was an amazing day with my partner Fedrick Ingram. We started the day early with our AFT executive council meeting...from there we hopped on buses and rallied on the lawn of the Capital with President Randi Weingarten leading the charge with a hundred of our AFT family from across the country. There were no [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on A lot accomplished in a short amount of time!

What’s a summer break?

Totally awesome professional development happening all week at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville! This is a jump start to FEA's professional development. Shout out to DTU for helping secure the facility, helping with logistics and providing awesome member trainers. Almost 90 dedicated educators giving up an entire week of their summer for no pay to [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on What’s a summer break?

Press Release: HB 7069 another bad school law

FEA: HB 7069 another bad school law Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall expressed her disappointment today that Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7069 into law, saying that it’s the latest in a line of bad legislation designed to undermine Florida’s public schools. “The implementation of HB 7069 will do harm to our [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on Press Release: HB 7069 another bad school law

Press Release: Legislature missing the mark on education

FEA: Legislature missing the mark on education TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall expressed concern today that the Legislature was missing an opportunity to make positive strides on reducing standardized testing, retaining the best teachers and properly funding the state’s public schools. Speaking with reporters in the final weeks of the state’s [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Legislative Session|Comments Off on Press Release: Legislature missing the mark on education