fbpx

Press Release

FEA: Educators appreciate quick action in response to crisis

TALLAHASSEE — At this time of great uncertainty, the Florida Education Association (FEA) commends Gov. Ron DeSantis for stepping forward Tuesday to clarify issues facing students and educators in our public schools. 

“We are concerned first and foremost with the health, safety and well-being of students, families, educators and their communities,” said FEA President Fedrick Ingram. “Student learning also must be addressed under the reality of the current crisis, and the governor is taking steps to do that by canceling standardized testing for our students, extending certification testing deadlines for teachers and lifting the burden of K-12 school grades from districts for this year. The FEA and our members still have many unanswered questions regarding how this crisis will affect students and educators, and we hope that other issues also will be quickly resolved.”

Gov. DeSantis announced decisions on a range of education issues during his afternoon press conference on Tuesday, including testing and the redirection of funds in order to equip low-income children for online learning. Many other issues remain unclear, such as how online learning would take place and when students will be able return to classrooms. The governor indicated that schools will be closed at least through April 15. We remain deeply concerned about how we will meet the needs of students, especially the most vulnerable, who depend upon the services and meals our public schools provide.

The FEA will continue to work to protect the interests of our students, educators and public schools as our communities and nation deal with the coronavirus crisis. 

CONTACT:  Joni Branch, joni.branch@floridaea.org, (850) 201-3223 or (850) 544-7055

The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 145,000 members. FEA represents PreK-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational staff professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.

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

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

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

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered public school campuses closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus crisis, and later directed that education should continue through distance learning. By mid-April, no decision…

Read more about this story

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…

Read more about this story

Nationwide and in Florida, we celebrate our public schools

FEA Vice President Andrew Spar reads to students during a First Book event at a Bay County school. Public Schools Week 2020, Feb. 24-28, celebrates our nation’s public schools, our…

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

The College of the Florida Keys Faculty Vote to Unionize

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

Read more about this story

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.