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The Advocate Archives

The Advocate is the official publication of the Florida Education Association. A service to FEA members, The Advocate is published biannually by FEA. Click on the covers below to jump to that issue.

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Fall 2021

Cover Story: They love their students — will they stay?

We talk to four early career educators about what they love about their work, what needs to change and what they think about their futures in Florida’s public schools. Rebecca Schempp started teaching the school year that Covid struck. “My biggest thing,” she says, “is to not give up on yourself.”

This story appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of The Advocate

Spring 2021

Cover Story: A ‘rock star’ of advocacy

Now 92, the “Legendary Ulysses Floyd” has been standing up for students, educators and public schools for more than six decades, from the time he entered the classroom in 1958 to the Zooming reality of today. “I can’t see myself not being a part of what’s going on.”

Op-ed: New bill threatens federal financial aid for Florida’s students

This column was originally published on Feb. 20, 2022, by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. By ANDREW GOTHARD, UFF President  The beatings will continue until morale improves. Such is the…

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UFF leads fight for intellectual freedom

University of Florida students and faculty gather Nov. 12, 2021, to advocate for free speech and academic freedom. The United Faculty of Florida, FEA’s higher education affiliate, has stepped forward…

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Celebrating American Education Week

Neighborhood public schools are a vital part of our communities, and about 90 percent of Florida’s students are educated in public schools. Join us in celebrating public education and all…

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NEA report: Florida’s teachers still among nation’s worst paid

As inflation grows and despite investments by the Legislature, Florida’s teachers remain stuck near the bottom nationally when it comes to average pay, according to new figures released today by…

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For students to learn anything, Florida needs educators

As Gov. DeSantis today signs HB 7, a bill based on a manufactured political narrative, the Florida Education Association (FEA) must call out the fact that our students would be…

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New law promotes falsehoods about schools, will aggravate shortage of teachers and staff

By signing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Gov. DeSantis has put a political agenda ahead of what’s best for our students.

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