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FEA disappointed and frustrated in ruling on voucher suit

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall expressed disappointment and frustration with a ruling today by the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee upholding a lower court ruling denying FEA and other groups and individuals standing in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s tax credit voucher program. Click here to read more.
Tallahassee Faculty Unionize: Faculty at Tallahassee Community College voted overwhelmingly to form the newest United Faculty of Florida chapter. Read more.

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

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.



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

 

 

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Get Involved: Reclaim the Promise: Parents Overwhelmingly Choose Strong Neighborhood Public Schools over Charters, Choice, Vouchers: "When teachers and parents join together, we can be an unstoppable force to fulfill the promise of education as a pathway to opportunity for all children," says AFT President Randi Weingarten. View the Nationwide Poll.

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