Politics affects school salaries, classroom sizes, the availability of textbooks and equipment, school safety and nutrition, the freedom to teach, the attitude of the public toward our public schools and school personnel, and the quality of the learning environment. Politics is woven inseparably and intrinsically into ever aspect of public education.
As an organization, FEA participates in the political process at all levels with the goal of: re-establishing confidence in public education among the citizens of Florida; building greater opportunities for economic security for all educational personnel, and ensuring a quality public education system.
Part of our process is identifying, selecting for recommendation and supporting those candidates who share the Association’s commitment to children and public education. FEA measures candidates, regardless of political party affiliation, on the following issues:
Why should I get involved?
In addition to screening and recommending candidates favorable to education, FEA encourages members to register, vote and participate in political activities.
Public education is under constant attack. Every teacher and support professional needs to be engaged in political activities at all levels. The battles must be fought at the national, state and local levels. Your increased political activity will help preserve hard-won gains for students and the members we represent.
How can I help?
All candidates will promise to improve education. Our job is to make sure that the candidates publicly address the issues and explain their understanding of what it will take to improve the quality of public education both nationally and in Florida.
It is up to us to inject our issues into the campaign. How can you do it? Follow these suggestions:
Whatever you do, make it fun and always tie it back to the classroom, the cafeteria, the school bus, or your worksite. Remember WHY you are volunteering your valuable time.
Because sometimes it takes a four letter word to be heard… V-O-T-E!
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