On March 15, Gov. DeSantis’ signed SB 1048 into law. This overhaul of standardized testing falls far short of what Gov. DeSantis promised before the start of the legislative session. There are a lot more specifics here, but the bottom line is this: the law does not reduce testing, nor does it eliminate the big end of year test. Read more about the changes to Florida’s standardized tests here.
Crossing the Divide
While education should not be partisan, it is most definitely political. From dictating what can, and cannot, be taught to developing laws that constrain pay raises for experienced teachers, politicians have inserted themselves into every aspect of public education in Florida. For the past few legislative sessions, members of FEA’s Republican Cadre have been working to build relationships with their legislators in the hopes of influencing legislation in a positive way. On this episode of Educating from the Heart, we sit down with three members of the cadre to discuss their challenges and successes and the importance of every educator joining in union to advocate for what is best for students.
Survey: Alarming number of educators may soon leave profession
A new survey by the National Education Association shows what so many of us are experiencing: Exhausted and exasperated, teachers and support staff are under an unprecedented level of strain, made worse in Florida and elsewhere by dire staff shortages. The study found that a staggering 55 percent of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they had planned — up significantly from August 2021.
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: