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2020 Legislative Session

Bills We’re Watching

The below list does not include all of the bills our lobbyists are actively monitoring but focuses on the ones that stand to impact you and your students the most. The list will undoubtedly change in the weeks ahead; this is not meant to be a static list.

Clicking on any of the bills below will take you to that bill’s page where you can find all of the most up-to-date information on the bill including FEA talking points.

Interested in a bill that’s not on the below list? Click here learn more on how you can receive real-time updates on any bill of interest to you.

Bills We Support 

  • HB 643 — Creates a remedy to ensure inclusion of prekindergarten teachers in the definition of Instructional Personnel
  • HB 819/SB 1320 — Requires a university to waive the cost of fees for certain Graduate Assistants
  • SJR 1364 — Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, limits DOE’s ability to interfere in collective bargaining between the local union and school boards to set wages, hours, and terms & conditions for school employees
  • SR 964 — Recognizes the hard work of Educational Staff Professionals through a resolution
  • SB 486 — Repeals the Best & Brightest bonuses for both teachers and principals
  • HB 929 — Requires parents to provide written consent for students to participate in district-required local assessments and statewide assessments such as the FSA
  • HB 1359 –Provides the opportunity for annual contract teachers to receive a multi-year contract

Bills We Oppose

  • HB 1/SB 804 –Requires union members to rejoin their union every year
  • HJR 157/ SJR 1216 –Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to provide school board term limits
  • SB 360 –Limits local decision making in regard to spending
  • HB 613–Requires each college and university to annually survey students on intellectual freedom and diversity on campus and requires the Board of Governors and State Board of Education to annually publish a report of findings with the intent of limiting academic freedom
  • SB 1400Adopts the Governor’s minimum base salary requirement for teachers to $47,500, and expands the Florida Tax Credit voucher eligibility from 185% to 300% of the federal poverty level
  • HB 6001 –Repeal the ban on campus carry for Florida’s colleges and universities allowing guns on campus

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Q&As for Florida Educators

Common questions about school closures, testing, students with IEPs, evaluations, certifications and more. Updated 3/31.

Digital Learning Resources for Educators and Parents

Resources for engaging students during the school closure

FEA Statewide Town Hall on COVID-19 

Video and transcript of March 25 town hall on the impact of coronavirus on Florida’s public education system.

Q&As and Resources for Parents

Common questions and resources for parents — including links for meals for students in need.

Advocacy Updates for
COVID-19

Ways for members to take action to protect students, educators, healthcare professionals and working people.

Member Benefit Resources and Links

Overview of the additional resources our benefit partners are providing to help members deal with the COVID pandemic. Updated 4/20 with Student Loan Forgiveness information.

AFL-CIO Survival Guide for Unemployment

A PDF guide for working people facing unemployment.

FAQs about the Legislature’s Salary Plan

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Our voices were heard: Campuses remain closed, safety comes first

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Best and Brightest Program Settlement

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Nationwide and in Florida, we celebrate our public schools

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FEA calls for education experts and stakeholders, medical professionals to guide reopening

TALLAHASSEE — ­ Florida Education Association (FEA) President Fedrick Ingram emailed the following letter to…

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FEA calls on governor to keep schools closed, continue distance learning

This letter from FEA President Fedrick Ingram was sent to the office of Florida Gov. Ron…

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The College of the Florida Keys Faculty Vote to Unionize

KEY WEST, Fla.  — Faculty at The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) have spoken…

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Once again, you spoke and Tallahassee listened.

All Temporary and Professional certificates that would have expired June 30, 2020 are extended to December 31, 2020 to allow teachers to complete certification courses and tests.

Read a PDF of Commissioner Corcoran’s full Emergency Order granting the extension.