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FEA news conference to mark anniversary of school campus closures

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Education Association (FEA) will hold a virtual news conference marking the one-year anniversary of Florida’s initial statewide public school campus closures at 11 a.m. EST Friday, March 12. FEA leaders, educators and parents will discuss the experiences of students, families, teachers and school support staff during this past pandemic year, and the current status and future needs of Florida’s students and public schools.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) moved to pause in-person learning at public schools statewide due to Covid-19 on March 13, 2020, issuing a press release titled simply: “Florida Department of Education Provides Recommendations for Spring Break.” What followed was an unprecedented reshaping of how we teach and reach students, conducted in days and weeks on a previously unimaginable scale. Teachers and school support staff turned on a dime to keep students safe, fed and learning. A year later, it is clear that the pandemic will leave a lasting mark on education. How lasting, and how positive or negative, depends largely on the actions of our lawmakers.

EVENT DETAILS

What: FEA news conference

When: 11 a.m. EST Friday, March 12

Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Who:  FEA President Andrew Spar, Vice President Carole Gauronskas, Secretary-Treasurer Nandi Riley, and educators and parents from throughout the state

CONTACT: Joni Branch, joni.branch@floridaea.org

The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with 150,000 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. Connect with FEA on Facebook, Twitter and at https://feaweb.org.

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