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My statement on last night’s passage of HB 7055

Statement from Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall on Passage of HB 7055: Tallahassee, FL ̶ The House Speaker has once again bullied his chamber into casting a vote that jeopardizes the quality of education for 2.8 million public school students. “HB 7055 is a 198 page log-rolled bill full of proposals that do nothing to [...]

By | February 9th, 2018|General News|0 Comments

My testimony on HB 7055

January 31, 2018 Testimony on HB 7055 by FEA President Joanne McCall, in front of the Florida House Appropriations Committee: Good morning. I am Joanne McCall, President of the Florida Education Association. I am not sure when public school teachers became public enemy number one, but they have. For more than a decade this legislature [...]

By | February 1st, 2018|General News|0 Comments

HB 25 A Union Busting Bill

HB 25 a bill crafted by Rep. Plakon -  designed to silence the voices of public school educators across this state.  It is an unnecessary bill not for public good but for political pay back.  This is politics at its best.  Rep. Plakon has crafted this bill and has carved out fire, police and first [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|General News|Comments Off on HB 25 A Union Busting Bill

5 Things That Must Change to Improve Public Education

If the Florida Legislature wants to do right by our 2.8 million public school students they should follow these five simple steps. 1. Ensure adequate funding - Florida ranks 41st in the nation in per pupil spending.  You can't talk about attracting and retaining high-quality teachers and education staff professionals without talking about       [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|General News|Comments Off on 5 Things That Must Change to Improve Public Education

“Public unions at odds with Florida lawmakers”

Check out this article that was released following our press conference on House Bill 25. FEA partnered with Florida AFL-CIO, SEIU and AFSCME to denounce HB 25, the latest proposal from legislative leadership that seeks to weaken workers’ rights in Florida. Some GOP leaders are seeking to impose an unfair standard. These unions were certified [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|General News|Comments Off on “Public unions at odds with Florida lawmakers”

Honoring those that participated in the 1968 Walkout

During last week's Delegate Assembly, we celebrated those that participated in the 1968 teacher walkout. This video explains some of the history behind why the members of FEA left their classroom - and stayed out - to pave the way for better learning conditions for our public school students. Take a look.

By | October 31st, 2017|General News|Comments Off on Honoring those that participated in the 1968 Walkout

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!