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Florida Education Association members are the experts when it comes to public education.

We know that when professional educators are allowed to nurture their students’ natural curiosity, imagination, and love of learning, those students will grow to become the leaders, thinkers, and artists of tomorrow.

Sadly, we also know that for the past two decades, Florida’s students, educators, and public schools have been under attack in the legislature. As a direct result of bad laws passed by Tallahassee politicians, schools have been underfunded, students have been over-tested, and teachers and education staff professionals have been disrespected.

In order to combat the detrimental attacks on public education, we must come together, organize, and take collective action.

Year-round our members stand up and speak out for every students’ right to a great public education:

  • Class Size – Florida’s voters have twice voted to keep our public school classes small enough for educators to connect with each and every student.
  • Fund Our Future – The foundation of student success, recruiting and retaining great educators and investing in our public schools is funding our future.
  • Higher Education – Faculty and graduate assistants at Florida’s colleges and universities are committed to academic excellence, a strong faculty voice and academic freedom.
  • Private School Vouchers – Parents and educators believe handing public dollars to privately-managed charter and voucher schools is short-sighted and unfair.
  • Privatization – Education staff professionals are a critical part of every public school district. Privatizing services wastes money and threatens the well-being of our students
  • Retirement Security – The Florida Retirement System is among the nation’s strongest retirement funds. It should be protected and expanded to honor the work of our public servants.
  • Teacher & Staff Shortage – Florida’s critical teacher and school staff shortage has very real impacts on our state’s students
  • Teacher Evaluations – Professional educators want to be the best, but need to be evaluated fairly and on the things that matter.
  • Testing – Teachers invented testing but know that they are best used for assessment and improvement — not shaming and blaming like Florida’s runaway testing system.
  • Healthcare – In order for students to learn, they must be present in class, both physically and mentally. That cannot happen when they are sick. We must ensure that all students have access to the quality, affordable healthcare so they can be their best in the classroom and beyond. 

In order to make this vision a reality, each and every member must be bold and audacious enough to tell lawmakers that if they are serious about every child’s future, they need to get serious about doing what works.

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