FAQ

How can I become an FEA member?

If you are an education employee in a public school in Florida you are eligible to join your local union, which includes membership in FEA and the AFT and NEA, our national affiliates. Contact your local union today to join!

How can I join Student FEA?

Student membership is available to those enrolled in postsecondary programs preparing them for employment in positions eligible for Active NEA membership. More information and an online enrollment form can be found on the NEA website.

How can I enroll as a retired member or renew an existing retired membership?

Retirees — or soon-to-be-retired educators — should contact their local retiree chapter. Retirees in counties with no chapter can contact Carol Drury, FEA Member Specialist, (850-201-2976 or carol.drury@floridaea.org) to join.

I don’t have my FEA membership card. How can I get a replacement one?

Call your local union office to request a replacement card. Be sure to verify that they have your current mailing address, including any apartment number.

How do I change my address in FEA’s records?

Our mailing records are supplied from each local affiliate. Be sure you have updated your information with your local affiliate (and your school district) and we will automatically update your information. You can update your email address or phone number in your membership account.

Where can I find out about FEA’s member benefits programs?

Information about FEA Member Benefits programs is available in the Member Center and on the FEA Member Benefits Facebook page.

I’m interested in becoming a teacher in Florida. What is the best source to find the requirements?

All the information you need to know about obtaining certification to teach in Florida can be found here.

How can I obtain information about the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)?

Information about the teacher test can be found on the Florida Department of Education website.

Many of our local affiliates offer tutoring for the FTCE. Contact your local union to see if they offer tutoring.

I don’t always agree with FEA’s endorsed candidates. How can I make sure none of my dues money goes to candidates I don’t support?

FEA only recommends candidates who share our vision and commitment to public education and make our endorsements based on their views on public education, not other issues.

Furthermore, FEA is prohibited under federal law from using dues dollars to make campaign contributions. The same is true for your local union and for both of our national affiliates. No dues dollars are spent.

FEA and our national affiliates, as well as many of our locals, do have Political Action Committees (PACs) which accept voluntary contributions. Candidates must go through an endorsement process in order to receive these PAC donations.

If you are interested in having more of a voice in the endorsement process, you can contact your local union to inquire about serving on their government relations committee.

Best and Brightest Update

May 29 update: This article has been revised with updated information about changes to the…

Read more about this story

Democracy Dies in the Darkness (An update on House Bill 7123)

We have reached day 53 of the 60-day legislative session. This is the time of…

Read more about this story

Senate Bill 7070 Update

On just the third day of session we warned there would be a massive education…

Read more about this story

Best and Brightest Lawsuit Question and Answers

In 2017, the FEA sued the Florida Department of Education for its discriminatory Best and Brightest program. We did this not just because we hoped that those who had been…

Read more about this story

“Bringing Voices Together” education summit draws public education supporters from across Florida

Nearly 1,000 educators, parents and community supporters came together in Orlando on May 18 for “Bringing Voices Together: An Education Summit for Florida’s Public Schools.”In a day marked by thoughtful…

Read more about this story

Recently passed voucher plan may drain nearly $1 billion from Florida’s public schools over the next five years

Florida’s neighborhood public schools could lose nearly $1 billion over the next five years as a result of the legislature’s actions in the last session to vastly expand vouchers for…

Read more about this story

Florida charter schools lack proper oversight

State’s charter school laws rated very poor in new NEA analysis TALLAHASSEE — Florida charter…

Read the rest of this release

May 18 summit will unite supporters of Florida’s embattled public schools

TALLAHASSSEE — In a state where the governor says education is public if taxpayers fund…

Read the rest of this release

Budget won’t undo damage done to our neighborhood public schools

On the eve of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Legislature has made clear that it appreciates…

Read the rest of this release