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Florida Teachers get State Funded Debit Cards

Teahcers in the state of Florida will receive state funded debit cards to purchase school supplies. 

Read more in the articles below:

Miami Herald

WCTV

Huffington Post

Orlando Sentinel


 

Florida to Pull Out of the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Testing

Florida Govenor Rick Scott signed an executive order to take Florida out of the PARCC assessments in September. He will be creating a committee to create a standardized test in the state of Florida that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. This executive order DOES NOT mean that we aren't doing the CCSS in Florida. You can read more at the links below:

Tampa Bay Times

Miami Herald

Orlando Sentinel


Govenor Rick Scott Education Summit Day 1

Govenor Rick Scott Education Summit Day 2

 Govenor Rick Scott Education Summit Day 3


Parent Trigger Bill

During one Florida Legislative session last year, a bill for a form of Parent Trigger was proposed but shot down. If you don't know what a Parent Trigger Bill would allow a parent to take political action on a failing school and allow a charter school to come in and take over the school FOR PROFIT. We believe in a free public education for all children. We need to keep focused and fight for this. Here in Florida, Flagler County Teachers Association, and Middle school science teacher, Katie Hansen fought against this bill through action in her local and taking her members to the capitol hill in Tallahassee to loby for the bill to be shot down. You can read more here.


 

Tony Bennet, Florida Education Commssioner to Resign from Position

Due to the controversy of his actions in Indiana and now being under investigation, Florida Education Commssioner is set to resign. 

Read more here - Tallahassee

Read more here - Tampa 


Update: FEA President, Andy Ford issues a statement on Tony Bennet resignation

 

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association President Andy Ford remarks on the resignation of Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett:

The resignation of Florida’s latest commissioner of education is another symptom of the mistrust parents, teachers and the public have in the state’s incoherent and unsound school reform and accountability policies. These policies have no value advancing education in this state and have lost the public’s trust. These so-called reforms have tripped up another commissioner of education. As long as it is a political appointment, the office of the education commissioner will be a revolving door, and our students, schools and communities will continue to experience the whiplash of these policies. It’s past time that we include teachers, parents and administrators in developing solutions, not just listen to the “reformers” who have an approach that has been a disaster for public education in Florida.”


The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members. FEA represents pre K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.


Student Loan Interest Rates

On July 1st, 2013 with the U.S. Congress going into recess for the summer the Unsubsidized Student Loan Interest rates doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%. Since the U.S. Congress reconveined mid-July, they have been working on a bipartisan (Democratic and Republican) bill to establish a new system for the Student Loan Interest rates.

 

Update July 24, 2013: The Senate has reached an agreement and the bill will be heading to the President's desk. President Barack Obama supports your bill. We want you to form your own opinion on this matter. 

 

Here is what the bill will do:

 

  • 2013-2014 Undergraduate Student Loan interest rates increase to 3.9%
  • 2013-2014 Graduate Student Loan Interest rates increase to 5.4%
  • 2013-2014 Parent loans interest rates increase to 6.4%
  • Interest rates linked to federal market rates
  • Rates can cap at 8.4% for Undergraduates; 9.5% for Graduate, and 10.5% for Parent Loans
  • Rates will be fixed over their life time and cannot change.

Update July 31, 2013: The House of Representatives have voted the bill through. It will now go to the Presidents desk.


Update August 9, 2013: President Obama signs the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act.


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CHANGE TO ESE REQUIREMENT FOR RESERTIFICATION!! July 29, 2013

During the 2013 Legislative Session, a new requirement for teacher recertification  was included in SB 1108-Exceptional Student Education by Sen. Gardiner (R-Orlando).  With the passage of SB 1108, applicants for renewal of a professional educator certificate will be required to earn a minimum of one college credit or the equivalent in-service point in the area of instruction for teaching students with disabilities.  The bill also stated that the requirement may not ³add to the total hours required by the Department of Education for continuing education or in-service training.²

 

FEA has received numerous inquiries as to what this new requirement means to teachers preparing for recertification.  If a teacher calls the DOE recertification line, they will be told that they have not yet received instructions on this new requirement.  FEA spoke with the ESE office and were told that a legislative implementation memo and Q & A were being developed and should be finalized soon.  This information will be released within the next month.  We were advised that there will also be rule development since the legislative change requires that current rule be amended to conform with the legislative requirement.   DOE also asked that we remind our members that the requirement will not be in effect until July 1, 2014 and beyond.  Of course, members would like to know if they need to take a course or in-service during this school year in order to apply for recertification before July 1, 2014.   We don¹t have the answer from DOE to that question at this point. 

 

We know that our members are trying to make plans for recertification and anxious to obtain information about the new requirement.  Hopefully knowing the information will soon be available will somewhat ease their concerns. We will stay on top of this issue, send out an alert with links to the memo and Q&A as soon as the DOE releases this information. 

 

As always, please call or email if you have questions or need additional information.

    

Sharon Nesvig

FEA Public Policy Advocacy

850-224-2078

Current Hot Topics

Florida Hispanic Graduation Rates Above National Average

The Florida Department of Education announced that the Florida Hispanic Graduation rate has once again surpassed the National Average. Click here for more information.

 

Tired of Long Day’s of Testing? Well, it’s not going to change.

Reports say that the new Common-Core tests will take up to 10 Hours for students to complete. Read more here.

 

We are in a digital age, why doesn’t every school have internet. Obama has a solution and a plan.

Obama is aiming to have high-speed internet in most schools in five years. Our students need this help to be able to strive in the new digital age. Read more here.

 

As teachers we are always being evaluated even before recent times. However, now it determines our pay.

Just recently the state of Florida has issued a notion of merit pay. Our salary will be determined by the performance of our students on their high stakes test. Click here for more information.

 

Vouchers in the school system means less money for your school.

When parents use vouchers that means they are taking money from the school district that they are living in and sending their child to another school in another district usually further away.  Click here to read more.



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