Standing up for public education
For more than 20 years the St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) has played a leading role in their community's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King. The local union coordinates annual MLK poster and essay contests which provide students a creative context to learn about and memorialize the civil rights leader. Read more about — and see and hear some of last year's entrants in — the contests SJEA helps organize each year as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of St. Johns County.
Gov. DeSantis continues to show that anyone who is not in lockstep with him will face his ire. Whether the target is Disney, an elected state attorney, school board members, school district superintendents or now our caring teachers and staff, his M.O. has been ‘do what I say, or else.’ At the Florida Education Association, we stand united to make sure every child’s education is full of excitement and love of learning that prepares them for college or the workforce. Attacks will not deter us.
HB 7 & HB 1557 Guidance
During the 2022 legislative session several bills were passed that have had a chilling effect on what we teach in our classrooms and how we interact with our students. FEA has produced guidance on HB 1557, also known as the Don’t Say Gay bill, and information regarding your rights and frequently asked questions about teaching history. FEA believes that our strength is in our unity, and we will continue to focus on our core mission of making sure every child receives the education they deserve and need regardless of race, zip code, income, disability status, gender, or sexual orientation.
Taking an active role in our union and advocating for students can take many forms. One such example is Megan Betche, who has been teaching since 2004 but recently decided to step outside her comfort zone and run for political office. Hear her story on the latest episode of the FEA podcast, Educating from the Heart.
Get involved with the movement to protect public education!
The St. Johns Education Association honors the civil rights leader each year by lifting up students and strengthening relationships in its community. More than 50 artworks were submitted for the… Read more…
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Florida Education Association members believe in the bold promise of public education for all. Together we stand up and speak out for student success, opportunity and professional excellence.
United, our 150,000 members make up the the state’s largest labor union of professional employees and are each committed to helping every student unlock their full potential. Here’s how: