Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls. — Peggy Noonan
A Letter From FEA President Andrew Spar
New FEA President Andrew Spar discusses FEA’s work, his path to becoming president and his vision for FEA’s future, in a letter to FEA members. Spar, elected FEA Vice President in October 2018, assumed the presidency on September 1 after Fedrick Ingram was elected the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers.
What Our Classrooms Need Right Now
As schools across the state open parents and educators are focussed on the needs of our students. The Harvard School of Public health recently published 20 Questions To Ask Before Sending Your Kids Back To School, a set of questions for parents, teachers and school staff who may not be sure what to ask or look for at their school. In the face of overlapping crises educators are also stressing the three R’s of social emotional learning: Reconnect. Recover. Reimagine.
FEA update (Sep. 2 update): To comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, FEA staff will be working remotely until there is a two-week positivity rate of 5% or below. Please frequently check back for further updates. FEA staff will continue to be available through email, phone and voicemail. During this difficult time, FEA is committed to advocating for the wellbeing of our members and students. We will continue to provide you information on COVID-19’s impact on the state of education, notices from the Florida Department of Education, and the end of the legislative session. Thank you and stay well.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Check out our collection of lessons, activities, videos, and resources educators can use to bring National Hispanic Heritage Month into their schools and classrooms.
Get involved with the movement to protect public education!
… Cathy Boehme, a lobbyist who represents the Florida Education Association teachers union, described a slow rebound from the teacher shortage that was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Read at Creative Loafing Tampa…
Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, called the move childish and mean-spirited. Read at Click Orlando…
The state education association (FEA), the union that represents Florida teachers, said openings have never been so high. Read at WTSP Tampa-St. Petersburg…
Florida Education Association members believe in the bold promise of public education for all. Together we stand up and speak out for student success, opportunity and professional excellence.
United, our nearly 150,000 members make up the the state’s largest labor union of professional employees and are each committed to helping every student unlock their full potential. Here’s how: