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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

 


2016 FEA Summer Academy

This year's Summer Academy will be held from June 12-17, 2016 at the Saddlebrook Resort.

5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

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FEA President Joanne McCall on the passage of the state budget as the session winds down: 


TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature neared the conclusion of the 2016 legislative session today with the passage of the 2016-17 state budget. Here are some remarks from Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall:


“Legislators may be leaving Tallahassee today, but their work is far from finished. In terms of education, they left our students, our schools and our teachers woefully underfunded and under-resourced. They did nothing to fix the onerous and burdensome over-testing that continues to take classroom time away from teaching and learning. And once again, they worked in the shadows and in backrooms to shove the discriminatory and short-sighted Best and Brightest bonus scheme down our throats – without even a full vote of the Senate." Click here to read more.

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




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FEA: What are voucher backers so afraid of?

TALLAHASSEE – Backers of Florida’s voucher schemes are back in Tallahassee today for their annual display designed to increase their access to taxpayer dollars to support private schools that are largely unregulated, don’t have to follow the state’s academic standards, don’t have to hire qualified teachers and don’t have to prove to the state that they are using public money wisely.



 

 

“For more than a year, voucher groups have been demanding FEA drop a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the tax-credit vouchers. What are they so afraid of going to the courts to ensure this voucher scheme is legal?” asked FEA President Joanne McCall. “Let’s let the courts decide this once and for all. We’re not dropping our legal challenge. Click here to read more.

 

Joanne McCall elected FEA President!

Nearly 1,000 delegates attending the Florida Education Association’s annual Delegate Assembly have elected longtime FEA Vice President Joanne McCall as the organization’s new president.

McCall succeeds Andy Ford as FEA president. Ford served as the head of the teachers union for the last 12 years – and McCall was vice president of the group for the same period. McCall taught as a speech language pathologist at North Sumter Primary School in Sumter County before becoming FEA vice president.

“I thank the delegates in this room for getting on this ride with me,” McCall told the delegates today. “With the other officers elected this weekend, we will be a diverse and dedicated team working to bolster the teachers and education staff professionals in this state, so that we can improve the lives of the children we teach.”

Fed Ingram, president of the United Teachers of Dade, was elected FEA vice president and Luke Flynt, president of the Indian River County Education Association, was elected FEA secretary treasurer, replacing Clara Cook, who retired earlier this year.

Delegates cast their ballots Friday evening and the results were announced at this morning’s session of the Delegate Assembly. In addition, Brian Kerekes, a teacher from Osceola County, was elected as a National Education Association director, representing Florida.
 

 

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