The Miami-Dade School Board last week spent nearly four hours in a closed-door session discussing strategies regarding salary negotiations with unions as well as how to divide the $232 million it hopes to raise should a property tax referendum pass Nov. 6. More than a week later, those...Read More →
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A year-old case contending Florida's "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program discriminates against educators of a certain age or race is headed to mediation in November. The complaint focuses on the part of the 2015 program that relies upon college entry exam scores, which many teachers...Read More →
Local communities continue to struggle with teacher shortages, and experts agree that teacher pay is a major factor… twitter.com/i/web/status/1?
Florida’s public school teachers’ yearly income is ranked the 45th worst nationally. That’s according to a poll by the National Education Association. The census also found the average teacher salary in Florida has decreased in the past decade by 12 percent. In response to these statistics,...Read More →
Raising salaries for the tens of thousands of K-12 public school teachers across Florida is the most pressing education issue political candidates running for office in 2018 should focus on. That’s according to the latest survey of the Florida Influencers — a group of 50 of the state’s...Read More →
A Leon County judge ordered that Amendment 8, which would create a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the November ballot on Monday. Judge John Cooper wrote in a summary judgment Monday morning that the amendment should be removed...Read More →
Students across the country are heading back to school this month, amid a growing crisis to hire and keep qualified teachers. At the start of the last school year, more than 100,000 classrooms were staffed by teachers not fully qualified to teach, equivalent to about one classroom for every public...Read More →
It’s the first day of school in Broward and Monroe counties, and that means students across the region are strapping on their backpacks and preparing to head back into the classroom. Here's a look at how students of all ages are getting ready for the big day! Read more...Read More →
Florida's teacher salaries rank almost dead last in the nation. Martin County teachers are just one example of the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1?
Florida Supreme Court justices poked holes in both sides of an ongoing debate whether to place Amendment 8 back on the November ballot during a 45-minute hearing Wednesday afternoon. They didn't issue a ruling, but one is expected soon. Leon County Judge John Cooper removed the controversial...Read More →
Without comment, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected former chief justice Harry Lee Anstead's request for oral arguments to challenge six proposed constitutional amendments, including Amendment 8. Anstead and former Elections commissioner Robert Barnas have contended the six measures are...Read More →
Florida’s teachers continue to protest HB 7055 which threatens to shut down unions that don’t maintain a 50% member… twitter.com/i/web/status/1?
Casey Swift, a media specialist at Bessey Creek Elementary School, told the Martin County School Board Tuesday her husband aspired to be a teacher. "But instead of cheering him on," she said, "I was suddenly horrified as I imagined what that would mean for our family." Specifically: A big pay...Read More →
Yesterday the FEA announced its salary pledge for all candidates and sitting legislators. As union members, please… twitter.com/i/web/status/1?
The state Supreme Court charged into Florida's long-running battle over school choice Friday by removing a ballot measure that would have wrested control of charter schools from local districts and given it to the state. Justices, in a narrowly divided 4-3 decision, upheld the decision by a...Read More →
More candidates are beginning to take on the pledge to increase Florida’s teacher salary as it becomes one of the m… twitter.com/i/web/status/1?
The Florida Supreme Court will decide if a proposed constitutional amendment about who controls charter schools will make it onto the November ballot. A Leon County judge ordered Amendment 8, which would let the state of Florida oversee charter schools, to be cut from the ballot Monday because...Read More →
We’re looking forward to a good school year as students and teachers across the state go back to school this week.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1?
It's still a long way to November, when voters will be asked to vote up or down on 13 proposed amendments to the state constitution. But only a few so far have generated as much debate as Amendment 8, a measure that is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters. The amendment...Read More →
Local teacher organizations and individual teachers have joined the Florida Education Association in suing the state over changes to its “union busting” law on Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “We're not feeling defeated. We're feeling angry and we're ready to do something about it....Read More →