fbpx

Healthcare

Florida’s students are facing a healthcare crisis. A recent report from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University shows that Florida has an estimated 325,000 children without insurance, which is an uninsured rate of 7.3%.

Any educator can tell you that when students are not feeling well, it is much more difficult for them to learn. But, it is not just educators’ common sense that tells us this. There is plenty of research as well. One of the core messages of the Center for Disease Control’s Health and Academic Achievement report is, “Healthy students are better on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes.”

As educators, we recognize that in order to meet students’ academic needs, we must ensure that their physical and mental health needs are taken care of as well. This is why we cannot support a system that treats healthcare as a privilege; we must insist that access to healthcare is a right for all students and for all Americans.

This is why we join with both of our national unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, as well as the AFL-CIO to support federal legislation which is why we support legislation that guarantees health care as a human right through an improved Medicare for All.

Cover Story: They love their students — will they stay?

As Florida’s school districts continue to experience difficulties in recruiting and retaining teachers and education staff, FEA decided to talk to a handful of early career educators about why they…

Read more about Cover Story: They love their students — will they stay?

Andrew Spar: Building relationships is key to lifting up our students, schools and professions

Another school year is upon us, and I am sure we all have been hoping for the same thing — a normal school year. The past year and half have…

Read more about Andrew Spar: Building relationships is key to lifting up our students, schools and professions

Carole Gauronskas: May we face our challenges with renewed passion

As we go forward into a new school year, I would like to take a few moments to look back over the past 18 months. First, I want to recognize…

Read more about Carole Gauronskas: May we face our challenges with renewed passion

St. Petersburg College Faculty Vote to Unionize

Faculty at St. Peterburg College (SPC) have spoken and by a vote of 193-56 established the 34th chapter of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF). With 295 eligible voters, 84…

Read more about St. Petersburg College Faculty Vote to Unionize

Poll shows Floridians united on strong public schools

The challenges facing Florida’s public schools this fall are acute — a pandemic that continues to create disruption and tragedy on campuses and in communities, a shortage of nearly 9,000…

Read more about Poll shows Floridians united on strong public schools

Reducing high-stakes testing is a win for students, schools

Today’s move to drop high-stakes Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) testing in the 2022-2023 school year is a big win for our students and public schools. It will free up time…

Read more about Reducing high-stakes testing is a win for students, schools