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Congratulations to our newly elected FEA officers!

President Joanne McCall,
Vice President Fedrick Ingram
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Secretary Treasurer Luke Flynt!

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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Surprise, surprise! Validity of FSA Test Affirmed: As expected, the DOE came out with the news that the so-called "independent" analysis found that the Florida Standards Assessment was valid. The analysis of the test was conducted in less than 90 days and those conducting the review have long-standing ties with the company that administers the test.


Despite the finding that the test was valid, the report by Alpine Testing Solutions raised many of our long-standing concerns with the test. It says that the FSA test that students took this spring should not be used as the sole factor in deciding whether: Students graduate, take remedial courses, or repeat a grade. But that's the way the state plans to use the results


To download and read a copy of Alpine Testing Solutions' Executive Summary (673 KB), click here. For a copy of their Final Report (3 MB), click here.



Best and Brightest “Scholarship” Program FEA Member Questionnaire


FEA is exploring the legal and organizational impact of the “Best and Brightest” program on our members. This is a one year program that provides scholarships to first year classroom teachers who scored in the 80th percentile or higher on the SAT/ACT and all other classroom teachers evaluated as “Highly Effective” and who scored in the 80th percentile or higher on the SAT/ACT.



To best assess this issue, and to determine the best course of action that FEA will need to take to protect our members’ interests, we need your input and contact information. Click on the following link to access our questionnaire.


Education Policy for Dummies:  Just plain ‘stupid’ is how one Florida senator described Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program which will reward highly effective teachers based on their high school SAT or ACT scores.  
Yes, you read that right. …The state plans to spend $44 million on the bizarre teacher bonus program which Rep. Erik Fresen (R-Miami) told reporters he dreamt up after he read Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World” on a plane a couple years ago.
Clearly some legislators have too much access to taxpayer money and not enough quality reading material.
But you can help! Click here to find out how.


The testing bill passed - what's next? HB 7069 relating to student assessment has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature and is already awaiting the governor’s signature. He must act on it by April 20, although he may make a decision sooner.  Learn more about what HB 7069 does and does not do here.



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