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Bills We’re Watching

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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 25, 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/SB 1602 advances one of FEA’s 2022 legislative priorities by providing qualified, experienced teachers the opportunity to have their contracts extended.

Attacks on Students and Educators’ Freedom

  • SB 1458/HB 1197 attacks educators freedom to join in union with one another to advocate for the needs of their students.
  • HB 1557/SB 1834 blocks teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues or people and undermines existing protections for LGBTQ kids in schools
  • HB 7/SB 148 seeks to censor full, honest discussions of America’s history.
  • HB 1203/SB 1386 removes educator voice from the evaluation process and prohibits evaluations from being collectively bargained between school districts and local unions.

Higher Education

  • SB 810/HB 6077 accomplishes one of FEA’s 2022 legislative priorities by repealing aspects of last session’s HB 233.
  • SB 666/ HB 769 provides fee waivers for graduate assistants. 

Op-ed: New bill threatens federal financial aid for Florida’s students

This column was originally published on Feb. 20, 2022, by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. By ANDREW GOTHARD, UFF President  The beatings will continue until morale improves. Such is the…

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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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NEA report: Florida’s teachers still among nation’s worst paid

As inflation grows and despite investments by the Legislature, Florida’s teachers remain stuck near the bottom nationally when it comes to average pay, according to new figures released today by…

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For students to learn anything, Florida needs educators

As Gov. DeSantis today signs HB 7, a bill based on a manufactured political narrative, the Florida Education Association (FEA) must call out the fact that our students would be…

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New law promotes falsehoods about schools, will aggravate shortage of teachers and staff

By signing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Gov. DeSantis has put a political agenda ahead of what’s best for our students.

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