fbpx

News

Best and Brightest Program Settlement

Article updated April 21, 2020 with new information.

In 2017, the FEA filed a lawsuit against the Department and Florida’s school districts and other special districts in the federal court in Tallahassee.  The lawsuit claims that the SAT/ACT score requirement of the Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program had an illegal “disparate impact” on classroom teachers based on their Black and Hispanic race, that the SAT/ACT score requirement was not required by education necessity, and that it was not related to teachers’ job performance.

After nearly two years of litigation, the FEA and the individual teachers who acted as class representatives have reached a settlement of the case with the Department.  The settlement resulted in the repeal of the Program’s SAT/ACT requirement and creates a fund of $15,500,000 to be paid to eligible Black and Hispanic class members who submit claims.  A portion of the funds will be used to pay the costs of administering the settlement, the FEA’s attorney’s fees, and compensation to individual teacher class representatives for their service in the case. The federal court has approved the settlement as of March 23, 2020. Checks are expected to be mailed to class members on June 15, 2020. This timeframe is to account for the appeal period and for the class administrator to run the final calculations and prepare the checks for mailing

For more information on the settlement please go to www.BestBrightestSettlement.com.

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.…

Read more about this story

FEA files lawsuit to protect health and well-being of students, educators and communities

Also on this page Full video of the press conference announcing the lawsuit (July 20) Frequently Asked Questions About FEA's lawsuit Summary and text of FEA's lawsuit Media coverage of…

Read more about this story

Don’t let this moment go to waste.

Crazy times provide teachable moments.Don’t let this one go to waste.by Fedrick Ingram, President of the Florida Education AssociationWhat should you say to the people in your life during a…

Read more about this story

FAQs about the Legislature’s Salary Plan

FEA received a number of questions before and during FEA's recent Facebook Live event covering…

Read more about this story

Will I receive a raise next school year?

Don’t like what you see in the flowchart?Get in touch with your local legislators today…

Read more about this story

Sign up for Frontline Email & Access the Frontline Archives

At the end of each week, we send a recap of the goings on in…

Read more about this story

Release: FEA files lawsuit to protect health and well-being of students, educators and communities

TALLAHASSEE — Along with educators and parents, the Florida Education Association (FEA) filed suit Monday…

Read more about this story

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…

Read more about this story

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…

Read more about this story