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Wrapping up the 2013 Delegate Assembly: Watch DA media On MyFEATV....  

Hundreds of teachers and education staff professionals have returned to their school districts energized and ready to Take Back Our Schools, Our Florida, Our Future. The Florida Education Association leadership enjoyed another successful Delegate Assembly at the Orlando Marriott World Resort, with well over nine-hundred delegates, staff and guests in attendance. Many members took advantage of the convention to recharge and reconnect, while also finding the time to focus on the serious challenges ahead.

Pictures taken at the 2013 FEA Delegate Assembly and videos of the speeches can be viewed and downloaded from MyFEATV at: http://myfeatv.com/index.php/component/contushdvideoshare/category/20

FEA launched the beginning of its campaign: “Take Back Our Schools, Our Florida, Our Future” to mobilize members and the public to influence the legislature to make the necessary fix to our profoundly troubled education system. We must put it back on track for our students and Florida's future. The FEA officers talked about the importance of having a coherent and sound assessment system that will effectively improve teacher performance and student outcomes. Delegates participated in several activities such as signing a message to the future gubernatorial candidates, pledging to be involved in the upcoming elections and sharing on video concerns about Common Core. 

FEA and its membership are poised to fight for the future of public education and Florida’s students. This was evidenced in the passage of the 2014-15 budget which included a $5 dues increase to support FEA legal services. During 2008-2009, FEA membership dues increased to $6.00. FEA has not increased dues in almost 5 years. The delegates held a spirited debate over the increase and several new business items.

Other DA business included action on the following NBIs:

  1. New Business Item – 2013-1  Passed As Amended
    Subject: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Use of Related Assessments 
  2. New Business Item - 2013-2  Passed As Presented
    Subject: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Work Groups
  3. New Business Item 2013-3    Passed As Presented
    Subject: Moratorium on the Use of Assessments for High Stakes Decisions
  4. New Business Item 2013-4    Passed as Amended
    Subject: ESE Testing of Students
  5. New Business Item 2013-5    Passed as Amended
    Subject: To Restore the Implementation of the Florida Class Size Amendment to its original intent
  6. New Business Item 2013-6    Passed as Amended
    Subject: Equity of Instructional Time in AP Courses
  7. New Business Item 2013-7    Passed as Presented
    Subject: ELL Training Task Force
  8. New Business Item 2013-8    Passed as Amended
    Subject: Testing
  9. New Business Item 2013-9    Passed as Presented
    Subject: Oppose legislation that labels students as failing without additional school hours.

Review the NBIs here.

FEA delegates elected two unopposed NEA director candidates. Barbara Wilmarth, Pinellas CTA, claimed the NEA Board of Directors, Seat 3. Kathi Gundlach, Palm Beach CTA, was re-elected as NEA Director, Seat 4.

DA highlights include the FEA Human and Civil Rights Luncheon winners:

Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Rev. Glen Dames - Titusville, FL
Cesar Chavez Action & Commitment Award
Prof. Paul Ortiz - Gainesville, FL
FEA Service Award
Jose Cortes - DeLand, FL
Human & Civil Rights Leadership Award
Linda Lerner - Seminole, FL
Mary McLeod Bethune Human Relations in Education Award
Alma Cabarris Horne - Palm Beach, FL





























Several speakers were in attendance, including the Assembly keynote, two-term Governor and three-term U.S. Senator Bob Graham. He appeared with his daughter, Gwen Graham, who is running for Florida's Second Congressional District. Senator Graham, also an author, talked about the importance of public education and what teachers, ESPs and union members must do to protect education from the politicians and profiteers who choose to make money off of our children.

Following his address, a crowd of delegates followed the former Senator into the lobby where he autographed two of his books and talked with members.

FEA delegates heard a pitch from the two declared Democratic candidates for Governor, Nan Rich and Charlie Crist. Florida Senator Jack Latvala also spoke and reminded delegates that there are republicans who share similar views and want to work with our union, but leaders and members must be willing to stand behind them because it is difficult for these outspoken advocates to stand alone against legislative leadership.

A special and moving presentation in honor of the late Bill McBride was also held. Alex Sink, Bill’s widow and former gubernatorial candidate, addressed the assembly and thanked everyone for their past support.

Pictures taken at the 2013 FEA Delegate Assembly and videos of the speeches can be viewed and downloaded from MyFEATV at: http://myfeatv.com/index.php/component/contushdvideoshare/category/20




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