Let us say first, we are honored to lead this organization and to have you as a member. No matter where we come from, what we look like or what political beliefs we hold, FEA’s 150,000 members are united in one of the noblest goals there is — helping students learn and grow so that they can achieve their best lives.
When we visit with members, we come away in awe of the commitment you have to your students, and to working with parents to support every child. This leadership team’s commitment to you and your students runs just as deep.
Florida’s educators are facing incredible challenges, made worse by increasing teacher and staff shortages. The educator exodus began years ago, driven by low pay and lack of respect. Now we also face skyrocketing rent, homeowners’ insurance and health care costs that stretch our paychecks to the breaking point. That is why we are laser focused on the fight for better pay – and being respected as trusted professionals who put students first.
We believe that even in these divisive times, educators, parents and politicians can find common ground around the desire to give students the best education possible. Simply put: Our public schools unite us. Let’s use that common ground to find a path to a brighter future for us all.
3 things to do for students, colleagues and yourself
- Speak up for your profession: To the detriment of our students, Florida has a critical shortage of teachers and education staff professionals. Lawmakers can fix that — but it will take some persuading. Make your voice heard and be part of the change.
- Let’s do good together: Whether our unions are responding to a disaster, pushing to make schools safer, or working for fair pay, we accomplish more when we do it together. Keep up with FEA and your local union on Facebook, or visit this website to stay informed.
- Watch out for marginalized kids: We know you do this anyway, but the current political climate makes it more important than ever that we use our influence to protect vulnerable students, whether those children are dealing with bullying, grief or other issues.