Is the Florida Education Association too conservative?

in Uncategorized by

Yes, says Doug Tuthill (via The Gradebook), a former Pinellas teachers union president who is now president of the Step Up For Students voucher organization. Heoffered his take on recent leadership changes atthe Florida Education Associationinthispost on the redefinEDblog:

For the second time in three years, the top African-American official in the Florida Education Association has been pushed out of the organization. FEA Chief of Staff Alfreda Davis, the former Chief of Staff for Washington, D.C. mayor Anthony Williams and a gifted leader, has been given a severance check after only 15 months on the job. She had replaced Aaron Wallace, who met a similar fate.

This is painful to watch, both as a former FEA local president who for years pushed the organization to be more progressive, and as the current head of a scholarship program that serves low-income children of color. Alfreda told me she was eager to move FEA beyond its siege mentality and wanted to find common ground with social justice programs like the one I lead ?a Tax Credit Scholarship that gives more learning options to low-income families. But soon after we began strategizing she left.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.