Bills We’re Watching

A closer look at the issues facing our members and public schools, colleges and universities

During the 2021 legislative session, issues impacting Florida’s students, educators and public education will once again be at the forefront. You can see FEA’s legislative priorities and agenda here.

As we fight for that agenda, we’ll keep track of the issues that matter most to you right here in one convenient place. Click on bill numbers to find out more information regarding the bill.

With the legislative session officially starting on Tuesday, March 2nd, there will certainly be bills added to this list below. Please check back often.

If you would like to learn how to track a bill and get updates as it moves through session, read Becoming An Informed Advocate (PDF 1.1 MB), a FEA primer on monitoring bills.

The list of bills below was updated on February 9, 2021.

Accountability and Testing

  • SB 886 would pause certain punitive consequences  associated with standardized tests administered during the 2020-21 school year. Tests administered for the current school year would be prohibited from use in teacher evaluations, 3rd grade retention or high school graduation. Additionally, no school would be required to implement a turnaround option based on test scores from the 2020-21 school year.

Education Funding

  • SB 84 would destabilize the Florida Retirement System and hinder recruitment and retention by eliminating the pension option for new FRS members, forcing all new hire into a 401(k)-style retirement plan.
  • HB 865 returns local control to decisions about salary schedules which will allow your union to negotiate for fair salaries for all employees and to fix the issues of salary compression that have been resulted from state mandates regarding salaries and raises. 

Charter and Voucher Expansion

  • SB 48 continues a decades long expansion of voucher programs at the expense of public schools.

Anti-Union Attacks

  • SB 78 places a burden on workers who want to remain a member of their unions. Among other things, the bill would require every member to rejoin their union at least every three years and would put the employer in charge of the dues authorization process for the first time in history.
  • SB 1014 specifically targets Education Support Professional unions by requiring 50% membership or face decertification. As if that was not enough, this bill also incorporates elements of SB 78 requiring all members of education unions, and only education unions, to rejoin every two years. 

Higher Education

  • SB 220 would remove current public records requirements from searches for university presidents.
  • SB 264 attacks academic freedom by instituting “intellectual diversity” surveys

Senate Bill 1014

What the Bill DoesSenate Bill 1014 contains numerous anti-union provisions including requiring:All instructional and support…

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Senate Bill 84

What the Bill DoesSB 84 eliminates the pension option for employees enrolled in the Florida…

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Senate Bill 48

What the Bill DoesSB 48 expands education savings accounts as a back door to funnel…

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A message from the new FEA President

New FEA President Andrew Spar discusses FEA’s work, his path to becoming president and his vision for FEA’s future, in a letter to FEA members.

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A message from your outgoing president

This time of year, just prior to Labor Day, is always a time of transition for all of us involved in education. The beginning of the school year is a…

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Reopen Survey Results

We asked. You answered.Thursday July 16 through Monday July 21, FEA surveyed educators and parents to get their sense of comfort level with regards to returning to school campuses this fall.…

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Order promises stability for students, educators, schools

After an initial review of the new emergency order from the Florida Department of Education,…

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Provide stability for our students and schools

As Covid-19 cases surge and our public schools face overwhelming uncertainty about what will happen…

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‘AFT Votes’ bus tour rolls into Florida this week

Union leaders push to get out the vote for public education and social justice TALLAHASSEE…

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