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Bills We’re Watching

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

During the 2022 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, January 11, 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 January 6, 2022.

Accountability and Testing

  • SB 1048/HB 1193 replaces the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) with the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST).

Education Funding

  • SB 298/HB 587 advances one of FEA’s 2022 legislative priorities by restoring fairness to teacher salaries and to help Florida get out of the bottom five in the nation for average teacher salary.

Staff Shortages 

  • HB 1017/SB 1576
     advances one of FEA’s 2022 legislative priorities by addressing the shortage of education staff professionals in order to ensure all students attend fully-staffed schools and are able to receive the individual attention they deserve.
  • SB 1592 advances one of FEA’s 2022 legislative priorities by providing qualified, experienced teachers the opportunity to have their contracts extended.

Attacks on Educators’ Freedom

  • SB 1458 attacks educators freedom to join in union with one another to advocate for the needs of their students.

Higher Education

  • SB 810/HB 6077 accomplishes one of FEA’s 2022 legislative priorities by repealing aspects of last session’s HB 233.
  • SB 520/HB 703 provides an exemption from public records requirements for any personal identifying information of an applicant for president of a state university or a Florida College System institution. 
  • SB 666/ HB 769 provides fee waivers for graduate assistants. 

UFF leads fight for intellectual freedom

University of Florida students and faculty gather Nov. 12, 2021, to advocate for free speech and academic freedom. The United Faculty of Florida, FEA’s higher education affiliate, has stepped forward…

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Celebrating American Education Week

Neighborhood public schools are a vital part of our communities, and about 90 percent of Florida’s students are educated in public schools. Join us in celebrating public education and all…

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Op-ed: Curing Covid wouldn’t fix teacher, staff shortages

The reports of severe staffing shortages in our schools keep coming. In districts throughout the state, there aren’t enough people to teach, transport, feed and otherwise care for Florida’s students.…

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Governor’s education plan falls short — all of Florida’s children deserve strong public schools

As we enter a third pandemic year, Florida’s public schools are facing a significant crisis. Every student has been affected by disruptions related to Covid. Second-graders have never experienced a…

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FEA: We look forward to finding solutions that truly meet students’ needs

As Gov. DeSantis releases his state budget recommendations for 2022-2023, the Florida Education Association (FEA) is looking ahead to the legislative session and what needs to happen for our students,…

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FEA event to celebrate American Education Week

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Education Association (FEA) will celebrate public education and educators with a gathering at its Tallahassee office on Tuesday, Nov. 16, as part of American Education Week.…

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