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Florida Education Association calls for proper funding for public schools in new ads

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The Florida Education Association is taking to the airwaves to call on lawmakers to better fund public schools. The statewide education association released two advertisements Thursday in response to several measures being advanced by the Legislature. The proposals, education officials said, would under fund public schools and harm public school students. “Students are at the center of everything we do. That’s why we are fighting for students and for better public schools,” said Joanne McCall, the president of the Florida…

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Stephen Bittel rolls out more endorsements in bid for Miami-Dade Democratic Committeeman

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Stephen Bittel, a favorite of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson as the person who might become the next chair of the Florida Democratic Party, announced he received more endorsements from organization labor in his bid Tuesday for Miami-Dade County committeeman against Dwight Bullard. Typically, such inside local politics maneuvering wouldn’t garner statewide attention, but the winner in Tuesday night’s Miami-Dade County Democratic Executive Committee vote for committeeman is expected to run for party chair next month. The Florida Education Association (FEA) and the Florida Service…

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Appeals Court dismisses Florida teachers evaluation law challenge, union frustrated

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Florida’s teachers union expressed frustration with another legal loss in the attempt to overturn a 2011 law setting guidelines for teacher evaluations. In a statement, Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford addressed Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta. The court upheld the dismissal of a challenge to Senate Bill 736, a 2011 law that based teacher evaluations on test scores of either students they don’t teach or subjects that they don’t…

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FEA launches second ad, ‘Great Places,’ thanking Charlie Crist for veto of SB 6

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The Florida Education Association is airing a second TV ad praising Charlie Crist for vetoing Senate Bill 6 last week.

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FEA launches second ad, ‘Great Places,’ thanking Charlie Crist for veto of SB 6

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The Florida Education Association is airing a second TV ad praising Charlie Crist for vetoing Senate Bill 6 last week.

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FEA launches new TV ad thanking Charlie Crist; poll shows nearly 80% of Florida voters aware of veto of SB6

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The Florida Education Association is airing a new TV ad praising Charlie Crist for vetoing Senate Bill 6 last week. The Palm Beach Post was leaked part of a recent poll from Hamilton Campaigns that asked 700 likely Florida voters these questions: How much have you seen, read or heard about Governor Charlie Crist vetoing Senate Bill 6, the education reform bill recently passed by the state legislature– a lot, just some, not too much or nothing at all? A lot… 52 percent Some…

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FEA warning teachers not to miss work to protest SB 6

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This past week FEA issued several statements advising locals and members to not participate in any work action in the fallout of SB6/HB7189. We continue to hear comments and reports of possible sick-outs in various locations. Even if these reports are deemed to be rumors, the potential negative impact if such actions were taken would undermine our ongoing political efforts to address this flawed legislation. Moreover, such actions are counterproductive and might very well erode public support. Let me be…

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