Pride Month: Protecting LGBTQ+ Students and Educator Rights
Brian Kerekes is a high school math teacher in central Florida and worries about the messages students are internalizing from DeSantis’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. “It sends the message that students are not welcome. They need to keep things to themselves and can’t express themselves, or feel comfortable to be themselves,” explains Kerekes. “This is wrong because our students should have the freedom to express themselves, and they should be able to look to educators as a resource to help them understand the world around them.”
Call for nominations
Nominations for this year’s Human and Civil Rights Awards are open! Award winners are celebrated every year in October at FEA’s Delegate Assembly in Orlando.
You can find the 2022 FEA Human and Civil Rights Award Nominations form here. Nominations and supporting materials must be postmarked by Friday, July 29.
Op-ed: We must retain experienced teachers, while attracting new ones
“The people who devote their careers to educating and nurturing students deserve it. We ask that the new education commissioner stand with our schools against politicians who would drive a wedge between parents and educators for the sake of political gain.”
Read FEA President Andrew Spar’s full editorial here.
Defending Intellectual Freedom
The United Faculty of Florida, an FEA affiliate, has been defending the civil and constitutional liberties of the higher education community since 1968. Today, it is at the forefront of new battles to protect academic freedom and free speech on university and college campuses throughout Florida.
Get involved with the movement to protect public education!
This column was originally published on Feb. 20, 2022, by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. By ANDREW GOTHARD, UFF President The beatings will continue until morale improves. Such is the… Read more…
University of Florida students and faculty gather Nov. 12, 2021, to advocate for free speech and academic freedom. The United Faculty of Florida, FEA’s higher education affiliate, has stepped forward… Read more…
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: