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FEA asks the governor to suspend FSA: Due to the computer glitches experienced Monday morning, testing was delayed yet again. FEA President Andy Ford called on the governor to suspend this year's FSA testing. President Ford also called on him to ensure that no more valuable instructional time is lost this year and that our students, teachers and schools are not harmed because of the hasty implementation of the FSA. Click here to read the letter.


Want to nominate someone for a 2015 Human and Civil Rights award? Now is the time to do it! You can download the PDF form by clicking the image below. You can also learn more about each award here. The deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015!

FEA letter to the governor: The attached letter was delivered to the governor’s Office this morning, before the announcement that he had signed HB 7069. Click on the image to download the PDF version of the letter.

 

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.



Registration for the FEA 2015 Summer Academy is now open!

June 14-19, 2015
Saddlebrook Resort
Wesley Chapel, FL


To download the registration packet, click here. (2MB)
Click here to download a copy of the registration form. (56KB)


Keeping up with the 2015 legislative session. Are you keeping track of important issues during session? Watching our weekly video updates is a great way to do it! Check them out on myFEAtv.com!

FEA delivers letter to Education Commissioner Pam Stewart detailing concerns about testing: FEA President Andy Ford and Vice President Joanne McCall wrote to "express our concerns about the impact of Florida’s current assessment program on teaching and learning and our particular concerns about the approaching Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in math, writing and reading."

We delivered the letter to the commissioner at 11:00 a.m. on the morning of February 18, and shared it with members of the Senate Education committee while Joanne and two other FEA members took part in a legislative workshop on testing. Read the full letter to Commissioner Stewart.

Keep up to date with our voucher lawsuit. The FEA is gearing up for the latest hearing to prove that the tax-credit voucher program is unconstitutional. Click below to watch our newest video update.

                                                

We need your help! Your union wants you to grade Florida's testing system! Just click on the following link and take a few minutes to fill out the ‘report card' that best suits you to let us know what you think. Click here to assess the test.

                                                                                      

FEA Governance Board Passes Resolution: On Saturday, the FEA Governance Board passed the attached resolution calling for an immediate halt to the misuse and abuse of testing.  In addition, the resolution demands that until autonomy is returned to local school districts to decide what is best for their student population and can develop a fair and accurate system of assessing student performance, the State of Florida must provide a legitimate process for parents and students to decline participation in these educationally unsound tests. Clearly, this debate must continue and educators must speak out.  But the threat of retribution is real.  School employees – particularly teachers who hold professional certificates -- must be aware of the difference between advocating for policy change and encouraging disregard for current statute. Read the resolution.

 

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