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Our hearts go out to the victims and families of another senseless mass shooting.

 

 

 

Support Victims of Pulse Shooting


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Happy 4th of July from your Florida delegation! Showing our support for ‪#‎OrlandoUnited‬ at the 2016 NEA Representative Assembly.


Call for nominations!

The Human and Civil Rights Committee requests your nomination of individuals or groups whom you feel should be considered as recipients of the annual FEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. All nominees, through their activities, must exemplify their support for public education.


Nominations may be submitted by a local FEA affiliate, an individual in the education profession, or any special interest group recognized by FEA. Click here to download the nomination form!


Nominations and supporting materials must be postmarked by Friday, July 22, 2016.

 

ACT NOW: Comment on ESSA - The Florida DOE has provided a website for teachers and other interested people to give input and guidance on Florida’s plans for implementation of ESSA, the federal replacement for NCLB. The state has not yet announced plans to facilitate face-to-face stakeholder meetings for discussions about how our state will comply with the new federal regulations. Much of the changes remove specific federal directives and leave the states and local school districts to determine how to implement the new regulations.

We suggest that your first general comment be to request round-table dialogues (true collaborative discussions) among stakeholders to debate the challenges and benefits of our existing system and provide suggestions for improvements. That should go to this email: ESSA@fldoe.org.

DOE’s website is structured by topics within sections. It is important that comments are attached to the sections they apply to and contain specific policy recommendations for Florida’s system. We believe that suggesting specific changes rather than commenting on things that do not work will be helpful. Click here to see the DOE website for specific comments on each area of policy. Read more here.

 It’s long past time for action: Once again, we must face an unspeakable tragedy in our country. A night of reverie and joy was turned into a tragedy of epic proportions right here in Florida. Whenever something like this happens – and it happens all too often – we shed tears, shake our heads and vow that we won’t let it happen again. Read the rest of Joanne's letter here.

 

Unions throughout Florida and the nation coordinate resources for teachers, parents and Orlando: Leaders of the FEA, AFT, NEA, SEIU, and AFSCME released statements today on their coordinated efforts to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of Sunday’s horrific shooting. The unions have joined forces to offer counseling to members and their families who have been affected, assembled resources for parents and teachers to help children understand the news, and point supporters toward blood donation and targeted fundraising efforts. Click here to read more.

FEA President Joanne McCall on the tragedy at an Orlando nightclub: TALLAHASSEE -- Here is a statement from Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall on the mass shootings in an Orlando nightclub this morning:
 
“Our hearts go out to the victims of another senseless mass shooting. We send our prayers to the victims and their families and friends and for the entire community of Orlando. We pray for an end to these all-too-familiar acts of violence. As educators, we know that violence has no place in our society."



Click here to learn more about the 2016 FEA Delegate Assembly Sponsorship Opportunities!


This year's Delegate Assembly will be held on October 20-22, 2016 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

FEA has previously cautioned its members about using their classroom time, positions or school district resources or equipment to encourage students or parents to “opt out” of high-stakes testing.  The cautionary note has been sounded to minimize the likelihood that education professionals will be subjected to discipline for taking such actions while performing their jobs.  While educators retain their right to free speech, school districts also have the right to assure that employees do not utilize their classrooms and official positions for such advocacy or conduct activities in a manner which impairs efficiency and integrity in the discharge of official duties.  The exercise of protected speech is not without bounds.
 
That being said, our concern for our members should not be construed as FEA opposition to the “opt out” movement or disagreement with the goals of “opt out” organizations which seek to encourage wholesale refusals by parents to continue to participate in such high-stakes testing of students.
 
Anyone wanting further information about opting a student out of testing should, utilizing their personal computer and not a school district’s services or equipment, consult The Opt Out Florida Network for guidance.  Such information may be obtained at:

 


2014-2016 Opt Out Guide:
http://bit.ly/OOGuide1516
 
Special Opt Out group for 3rd Grade:
http://bit.ly/OOFL3rd
 
Locating Local Opt Out Group:
http://bit.ly/LocalOptOutGroups

 

Check out highlights from FEA's Enough is Enough Rally!




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