"It's one thing to have a teacher lecture you; it's another to get in there and do some hands-on work that's a little bit different and kind-of exciting. It helps open up minds, sometimes." FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow
SEMINOLE, Cty. - From rollercoaster madness in Seminole to... Read more
Changes Make the Difference in Race to the Top 2
Political leaders in Florida have made this year a tumultuous one for public education. We all know about the much maligned Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), which was passed by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist.
SB 6 would have... Read more
SB 6 - an outright assault on public education
SB 6 would have stripped teachers of all due process and most of the rights provided by collective bargaining agreements. Almost certainly, non-instructional personnel would been next.
Senate Bill 6 would:
Require that all teachers... Read more
Bill McCollum's Campaign Manager Matt Williams issued the following statement on the United States Department of Education’s Race to the Top announcement
“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Florida was not selected as a first round winner of the... Read more
McCollum supported Senate Bill 6, while Sink opposed the controversial reform plan.
By Ron Word Capitol Correspondent
Published: Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE - Next January, Alex Sink or Bill McCollum likely will be taking the oath of office as Florida's 45th governor, and... Read more
Educators are using social media to mobilize for public education.
by Tim Walker (NEA)
Educators are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Who can blame them? Massive budgets cuts, widespread layoffs, broken promises, and media scapegoating—public... Read more
Governor Crist Announces Florida’s Task Force on Excellent Teaching
Work group will continue building broad stakeholder support begun by Race to the Top Working Group
Governor Charlie Crist has announced the creation of Florida’s Task Force
on Excellent Teaching, which will... Read more
A look at the limitations of purely online activism without the complement of face-to-face involvement.
By Paul Rogat Loeb
Without online technologies, Barack Obama would never have gotten past the primaries. Had Facebook, YouTube, texting, a 13-million name email list and a website... Read more
As the economy struggles and state education budgets continue to tighten, many policymakers are exploring school consolidation as a way to increase efficiency and save taxpayers money. However, many school consolidation efforts are likely to do more harm than good, this new report... Read more
Thank Governor Crist for the SB6 Veto
Governor’s office: 850-488-7146
Governor’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Read Governor Crist's Veto StatementSee how your House Representative voted | How your Senator voted
Read the final bill: ... Read more
Leaders are not born, they're developed. Either because of opportunity or necessity, someone takes charge and leads the way.
The photos were taken at the NEA 2010 Leaders for Tomorrow graduation.
How would you define leadership?
"A true leader is someone who helps pull the... Read more
Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect
May 13, 2010 by Amy Buffenbarger Filed under Featured News, Jobs, State News, Top Stories, Uncategorized
By Cynthia McCabe
When people were attacking her and her fellow dedicated public school... Read more
Governor Crist Celebrates Race to the Top Phase 2 Application. 65 school districts and 54 teachers unions sign application in effort to win up to $700 million. What makes RT3-2 different from round one?
Political leaders in Florida have made this year a tumultuous one for public... Read more
Crist Signs Budget, but Vetos to Spare Education Funding and Protect DROP
President Ford Letter Requesting Veto | View FEA End of Session ReportGovernor Charlie Crist has signed the state's $70 billion budget, and he used his line-item veto power to eliminate $371 million from the... Read more
NEA’s highest honor goes to education historian with change of heart on No Child Left Behind
Dr. Diane Ravitch received the NEA Friend of Education Award at the 2010 Representative Assembly.
Photo by Rick Runion for RA Today, copyright © 2010 NEA
Friends sometimes are... Read more
It was a close vote, but the committed local leaders and advocates fought an entrenched district leadership and prevailed. The FEA leadership and local leadership are committed to building strong organization for ESP’s in Osceola County.
There will be a lot of excitement and... Read more
The US Department of Education has posted its initial guidance and state application for the Education Jobs Fund online at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/educationjobsfund/applicant.html
Among the documents released today are:
The Department's letter to Governors:... Read more
A Remarkable Teacher-Leader-Unionist-and-PD Professional Turns the Page for a New Lesson in Life
It is an honor and privilege for the FEA Professional Development department to pay tribute to Bob Husbands. Bob retired on July 31, 2010. Bob lived the life of teacher-leader to the fullest... Read more
What is Brain-Based Learning?
Brain-Based Education is the purposeful engagement of strategies that apply to how our brain works in the context of education.
Written by Eric Jensen
Brain-based education is actually a “no-brainer.” Here’s a... Read more
Teachers say they regularly bend school rules to give extra food to kids who are hungry, and many cited universal and/or in-classroom breakfast and lunch as critical sources of nutrition for kids who would otherwise go without.
A growing number of teachers and ESPs are witnessing hunger among... Read more
October 15, 2010 by Amy Buffenbarger Filed under PSC Featured News, Union-Led Efforts
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By Amy Buffenbarger
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel visited Tampa,... Read more
UFF-Seminole becomes the 25th bargaining chapter of the UFF/FEA/AFT/NEA
Full-time faculty members, librarians and counselors at Seminole State College of Florida wanted to have a greater input at their school, especially concerning curriculum and educational matters.
Many faculty... Read more
Union-District Collaboration Earns National Attention
FEA President Andy Ford, speaks with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on October 14 in Tampa. Ford and Duncan were at the Rampello Downtown Partnership School for a roundtable discussion highlighting an innovative... Read more
Teachers and ESPs use innovative techniques to make a venerable tradition work better.
By Alain JehlenStudent-led parent-teacher conferences seem to be taking the nation by storm, according to our survey of NEA members on Facebook, discussion boards, and various email lists.Are you using your... Read more
Some expect the upcoming legislative session to be challenging with the promised return of a new Senate Bill 6 type legislation. Lawmakers are not wasting any time. A new version of the bill has emerged. This article from the News Service of Florida details the direction of the new SB 6.
By... Read more
The Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009 has been released. In this report, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) provides the only ongoing, nationally representative measure of what America's 12th grade students know and can... Read more
NEA taps 21 educators for independent panel to study teaching profession
WASHINGTON—The National Education Association (NEA) announced today that it is creating a national, independent commission to study the teaching profession and make recommendations on maximizing teacher and... Read more
Florida NEA Directors discuss education issues with members of Congress
By Kathi Gundlach
Take Action On Education Funding
The Florida NEA Board Of Director members, Calvin Collins, Melondia Corpus, Kathi Gundlach, and George Williams, spent sometime in Washington D.C.his past December,... Read more
Education advocates show their support for public schools
They called it “Red Tuesday.” Florida teachers, parents and education supporters welcomed their new Governor showing a sign of unity. Dressed in red education advocates sent a message of... Read more
NEA commemorates 25th anniversary of Challenger explosion: Teacher Christa McAuliffe raised awareness of profession’s importance
WASHINGTON— January 28, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger explosion and the deaths of seven crew members, including... Read more
TeacherSolutions – for effective performance pay systems
Since August 2010, the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) has partnered with 17 of Florida’s most accomplished teacher leaders to generate a set of research-driven and classroom-based solutions – that is,... Read more
NEA’s Public Engagement Project/Family-School-Community Partnerships (PEP/FSCP) is based on this premise: It’s time we take family and community engagement as seriously as we take curriculum, standards, and tests.
By Barbara Moldauer
Franklin County, a rural area... Read more
The uprising in Madison is symptomatic of a simmering rage among the nation's teachers...
Public employees across the nation are under attack as governors and state legislatures seek to slash pensions, health care benefits, employee rights and work to decimate their unions. For teachers and... Read more
Could the protests in Wisconsin and in the Middle East provide a learning opportunity for students? When the teachers in Wisconsin return to their classrooms, should they use their experience to teach students about citizens' rights under the U.S. Constitution to peaceably protest policies they... Read more
After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. The firings were recently ruled illegal, but teachers won't get their jobs back. Instead, their union is fighting for teachers using a grassroots and social justice approach.
From LaborNotes, by Theresa Moran, August... Read more
State of the Union shines spotlight on pressing issues facing students, educators and schools
President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union Address, called for a greater investment in preschool for children, saying all students should have access to high-quality programs. In... Read more
Even the threat of Hurricane Sandy couldn't keep the AFT Election 2012 bus tour from rolling through Florida Oct. 24-27, where it made stops in the counties of Hillsborough, Volusia, Orange, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
Intended to build excitement around re-electing President Obama and other... Read more
AFT partners on film project that will help Miami's youth
The AFT and its United Teachers of Dade (Fla.) affiliate are working together with members of the Miami community, including the Overtown Youth Center and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, to partner with Hollywood filmmaker... Read more
A report that looks at connecting the dots between evaluations and effectiveness continues to support what teachers and ESPs have known for a long time: the high-stakes consequences of student assessments are driving teacher evaluations, not relevant academic benchmarks...
A new report... Read more
Threatened in Florida: the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel, Hoy, America's second-largest Spanish-language paper.....
Union members are mobilizing against the potential sale of the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and other print, electronic and online media... Read more
Local union president issues a community 'Call to Action' in Hernando......
Most Florida schools open towards the end of August, but that hasn’t deterred teachers, retired teachers, parents and community members from getting a head start during the first week of August at a remote... Read more
These grants support teaching and classrooms activities to help educate young people on the vital connection between workers’ rights and civil rights, including adopting school(s) and other initiatives that connect union workers to students....
Miami Northwestern Senior High... Read more
By KATHLEEN HAUGHNEY THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Nov. 10, 2009........
The union representing the state's teachers is preparing for the worst for next year's budget, while hoping for the best.
“I think we're looking at a disaster,” said Florida... Read more
FEA recognizes that you don’t need to be a constitutional lawyer to recognize that the State hasn’t devoted sufficient resources to public education.
The Southern Legal Counsel public interest group filed a lawsuit contending that the State Board of Education,... Read more
Dollars and Sense Campaign to Prevent Further Cuts to Public Education and Other Public Services Launched in Florida
Weingarten Meets With Florida Leaders and Educators About Preventing Cuts to Essential Services
View video clip from the press... Read more
Alachua Educator Champions Excellence Phyllis Meredith, a Head Start Instructor at Metcalfe Elementary School in Gainesville, was named Education Staff Professional (ESP) of the Year by the Florida Education Association (FEA). The award, which carries a $5,000 prize, is FEA’s highest... Read more
The largest federal discretionary program for education in history could spur innovation through state grants
Teachers will have an opportunity to make their voices heard on key education issues over the next month. That's the period during which educators and other interested parties... Read more
By E. J. Dionne Jr. Friday, December 19, 2008;
A couple of weeks ago, a senior adviser to Barack Obama dismissed the argument raging at the time over the choice the president-elect faced in naming a secretary of education. Obama's options were said to be clear-cut: He could... Read more
UCF Moves To Eliminate Programs
Students and Faculty Speak Out
Link to Article: http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/students-faculty-speak-out-1.1786853 Compiled by Ashley Inguanta and Caitlin Bush Published: Sunday, July 26, 2009
“We already have a terrible... Read more
Collier Teacher Honored for Excellence Contact: Mark Pudlow May 20, 2004 850.224.1429 or 850.508.9756 Claudia Simmons, a Collier County teacher with more than 30 years experience in the classroom, has been named the winner of the annual Florida Education Association Award for Teaching... Read more
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve the Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS) – Education spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The bill, which provides educational opportunities critical to the nation’s long-term prosperity, is a win for the... Read more
Osceola County Member Works to Transform Lives Turn Your Tragedy into Triumph … A simple phrase that motivates Loretta Harris to embrace the daily challenges of life. It is also part of a title of a new book, "The Journey Less Traveled: Choose to Turn Your Tragedy into Triumph", that... Read more
See More Pictures from the Rally
See Video of the Rally
On Saturday, February 28, over six-thousand FEA union members converged on the UCF Arena. Many traveled from as far away as Escambia, Okaloosa, Monroe, Broward, and Dade counties. Duval even showed up a in a... Read more
A Community Conversation = A School Makeover in Gadsden
Teachers and students are starting the school year with freshly painted classrooms and hallway floors that have been mopped and polished. The gym is sparkling, and the cafeteria looks great
See pictures from... Read more
An interview with Madison CEA President George Williams Email: GELOWIMS@EARTHLINK.NET George Williams doesn’t just believe in being an active part of his community, he lives it. In the North Florida community of Madison, George is the head custodian at Lee Elementary School, where... Read more
AFT Campaign Focuses on the Economy, Starting In Florida
Dollars and Sense in FloridaFlorida will become the first in a nationwide focus on strengthening and protecting public schools, colleges and other institutions during the current economic crisis. AFT president Randi Weingarten... Read more
Danielle Montes, the director of FEA’s Department of Professional Development, has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Council on Educating Black Children.
The group was founded by the late Congressman Augustus F. Hawkins, then chairman of the Education and Labor... Read more
Student Achievement Grants: Winter 2009 Recipients Ms. Shannon Peck-Janssen, Tampa 9th to 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Freedom High School Partner: Ms. Margaret Barthel Grant Amount: $5,000 Students in Mrs. Peck-Janssen’s archaeology classes and Dr. Barthel’s... Read more
2.6 million Pennies for Kids
Have you heard? FEA is collecting pennies! In case you are wondering what's going to happen to all of those pennies. All pennies collected by our members and the community, and delivered to Tallahassee before the March 18 Lobby Day Rally would be donated... Read more
FEA in the Florida Trend
Florida Trend Ad: Make Our Schools A Priority (February 2009)
Florida Trend Ad: Closing the Acheivement Gap (October 2008)
Florida Trend Advertorial: Florida Must Recruit and Retain Highly Qualified Public School Teachers (September 2007)
SEE MORE PHOTOS How Far Can 2 Million Pennies Go? In jugs, plastic bags, crates and boxes more than 2.6 million pennies have traveled miles across the state with a final destination of Tallahassee. The... Read more
National Partnership Formed to Address Dropout Crisis
NEA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to develop initiative to collectively
promote high school graduation
Groundbreaking Alliance Addresses the National Dropout Crisis with
Collective Action and... Read more
George Williams, the longtime President of the Madison County Education Association has been elected President of the American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE), which is based in Portland, Oregon. The American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE), a coalition of... Read more
FEA Congratulates BTU President Pat Santeramo and new BTU Vice President for Education
Support Professionals Ernestine Alleyne for their hard work in shaping the merger between the Broward
Teachers Union and former Broward ParaProfessionals Association. The newly merged organization... Read more
FEA Urges New Chairs of House Education Committees to Make Schools a Priority
Florida Education Association President Andy Ford today congratulated the new House Education committee and council chairs urging them to make Florida public schools a priority during these difficult economic... Read more
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Education Secretary Duncan hears from NEA members on education reform
Education secretary addresses more than 7,000 NEA members at Annual Meeting
... Read more
SFEA Joins the Hundreds of NEA volunteers to transform Balboa Elementary School in annual ‘Outreach to Teach’.
Educators put down their pencils and pick up shovels for a good cause "We look forward to our Outreach project every year. The expressions on the faces of the... Read more
President Honors Outstanding Math, Science Teachers
Two Florida public school teachers have been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest award for K-12 teachers in those fields. Becky Pittard, a fourth and fifth grade... Read more
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) wants to help educators deduct more of the money they pay “out of pocket” for classroom expenses. Kosmas has introduced the America's Teachers Tax Relief Act, which would double the current $250 deduction for out of pocket classroom... Read more
School Nurses Nationwide Respond to Influenza A (H1N1)
As sick students streamed into Mary Pappas's small office, the school nurse knew something was terribly wrong. In fact, Pappas was about to help identify the first cases of H1N1 in the United States. Within days of her call... Read more
Education Appropriations Bill Wins Approval
A win for students and FEA members, But now we need to encourage the Senate to follow suit
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve an appropriations bill that contains several wins for FEA and its national affiliates. The... Read more
President Clinton to Address the Next Generation of Florida’s Leaders
Lawton Chiles Leadership Corps students to gather support for statewide “Worst To First” initiative
President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be the keynote speaker as more than 300 students... Read more
Updated federal guidelines offer state and local public health and school officials a range of options for responding to 2009 H1N1 influenza in schools, depending on how severe the flu may be in their communities. The guidance says officials should balance the risk of flu in their... Read more
School vouchers: How do they impact special education?
Do school voucher programs that educate disabled students mean more children will be diagnosed with a learning disability? That’s the question a new study by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, tries to answer. The... Read more
TEACHER UNION FIGHTING JUST TO AVOID FUTURE SCHOOL CUTS
By KATHLEEN HAUGHNEY THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Nov. 10, 2009........
The union representing the state's teachers is preparing for the worst for next year's budget, while hoping for... Read more
Join the Challenge and Win!
Help your school win thousands of dollars' worth of sports or fitness equipment and to receive designation as a Governor’s Fitness Champion... Read more
TIPS ON HOW TO NEGOTIATE WITH YOUR CREDITORS
Let’s face it—we live in a credit-dominated society. Most of us can pay cash for our daily living expenses, but when it comes time to make a major purchase such as a house or a car, we need a thick credit file with a long... Read more
Educators observe September 11 as National Day of Service and Remembrance
WASHINGTON-September 11, 2001, will always be considered a turning point in U.S. history. In observance of the newly established September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, educators across the country... Read more
President Barack Obama to Make Historic Speech to America’s Students
C-SPAN and White House Web Site to Broadcast Speech Live Speech Scheduled One Hour Earlier to Noon Eastern Time
On September 8, 2009, history will be made. Will you be a part of... Read more
New High School Grades
The FCAT plus new measures such as participation and other performance measuerments will be added
The State Board of Education (SBE) has approved changes to Florida’s high school grading formula.
Beginning this school year (2009-10), 50 percent of a high... Read more
Educators and Policymakers Discuss Inclusiveness and Universal Design for Learning
WASHINGTON—Students learn differently and require different tools and strategies to succeed. One way to eliminate learning barriers and roadblocks is to incorporate the principles of... Read more
Direct observation rules on drug testing
The direct observation rules for drug testing went into effect August 31, despite the best efforts of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFLCIO and other unions and organizations. This rule is mandatory and applies to bus... Read more
LEAD POISONING: NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR CHILDREN
Lead exposure is not the problem it used to be. Physicians and researchers believed that low-level lead exposures only posed a health hazard for children who had blood lead concentrations of 10 μg/dl (micrograms per deciliter of... Read more
TEACHER UNION FIGHTING JUST TO AVOID FUTURE SCHOOL CUTS
By KATHLEEN HAUGHNEY THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Nov. 10, 2009........
The union representing the state's teachers is preparing for the worst for next year's budget, while... Read more
“All-Star School Lunch” is a slam-dunk to help students learn about the importance of eating healthy and being active. Join us during National School Lunch Week, October 12-16
School lunch plays a critical role in the education of children. Hungry children do not learn. The... Read more
Children of Poverty Report Addresses The Importance of Teacher Quality
Throughout Florida, hundreds of thousands of dedicated, hardworking teachers spend each day proving their committment to students by providing the best possible education to students from some of our most... Read more
The Rewards of Refinancing
More and more homeowners are finding that their home’s equity can be a powerful financial tool. You can leverage your home’s equity to help you get onto solid financial footing. Refinancing your current mortgage may be a step that can help... Read more
Getting Ready to Buying/Selling a Home
If you’re considering making a home purchase, there are important steps you can take to “get ready” and enhance your buying (and selling) position:
Down Payment Strategies
To maximize the cash you can put toward your home purchase, make... Read more
What to Do With Your Money When There Are So Many Mixed Signals
We all know that 2008 was the worst year in recent memory for savers, investors, homeowners, borrowers and lenders. Whether you were saving and investing or borrowing and spending, everyone got burned. Educators,... Read more
New Gateway to 21st Century site launch complete!
The Gateway has introduced a brand new look and feel, new technologies to keep you up to date and new features based on the things our members have told us are important to them. We have focused on the things educators... Read more
Remarks by FEA President Andy Ford at the FEA Delegate Assembly in Orlando, October 16, 2009.
Thank you, and again, welcome to the 2009 Florida Education Association Delegate Assembly. Every year, when I stand before this assembly, I’m humbled by you and... Read more
In a massive effort to assist Floridians fight back against the foreclosure crisis that has the state ranked No. 2 in the nation, The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Legal Services Inc. and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar are ready to... Read more
Florida Department of Education Chief Offers Praise, Challenges to FEA Leaders
Florida education commissioner Eric Smith brought a mixture of effusive praise for Florida’s teachers and education professionals with a dose of reality at the challenges ahead for public... Read more
Training and standards for paraprofessionals has been spotty over the years. In 2004, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) established standards for paras who worked in Title I schools to become highly qualified. In response, the AFT developed the Meeting Standards for Paraprofessionals (MSP)... Read more
You may have heard that Florida U.S. Reps. Suzanne Kosmas (D-New Smyrna Beach) and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) and the U.S. House of Representatives recently approved the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). You may also have heard that this landmark bill would make the single... Read more