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Each legislative session FEA's Frontline Report helps local leaders, members and education activists stay up-to-date on what's happening at the Capitol concerning public education — and how these policy changes could affect our students and our neighborhood public schools. NEW this session, the Frontline Report is available as a regularly-updated blog. Follow along or sign-up for our weekly email recap.

Frontline Blog

Best and Brightest Update

Best and Brightest Update:

As you are probably aware, changes are coming to the Best and Brightest bonus scheme. Gone are the ACT/SAT requirements. In their place are three new bonuses: recruitment, retention, and recognition.

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FEA Teacher Appreciation Day Post

Today, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, I want to focus on the multitude of ways that our profession is joyful and lift up the everyday acts of kindness that educators across the state perform to make our communities great.

In many ways, the end of the school year is the perfect time to celebrate teachers and the teaching profession. As classes wind down and our students focus on final exams and end-of-year projects, we are able to reflect on the year that has passed and on all of the progress that our learners have made.

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Democracy Dies in the Darkness (An update on House Bill 7123)

We have reached day 53 of the 60-day legislative session. This is the time of year where budget deals are often cut and the Legislature likes to operate out of the sunshine. The House of Representatives did so in a literal sense last night when the they took up HB 7123 at 10:30pm.

The bill—which passed 69-44 would force tax levies collected from school district referenda to be shared with charter schools. Representative Shevrin Jones did a great job of explaining why 20 counties around the state felt it was necessary to have a referendum: Read More »

Senate Bill 7070 Update

On just the third day of session we warned there would be a massive education bill put forth by the Senate that would impact everything from certification requirements to Best and Brightest Changes to the creation of a new voucher program. On the fifty-second day of the session SB 7070 passed along a party line vote. On the fifty-seventh day of session, SB 7070 passed on an almost party-line vote. The bill is now headed to the governor’s desk.

Because of the comprehensive nature of the bill it is impossible to give a brief summary, but below we’ve captured the most important impacts this bill will have on students, educators, and public schools.

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Senate Bill 7030 Update

Senate Bill 7030 had the chance to be a momentous piece of legislation that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. However, the inclusion of a provision that would allow for the arming of teachers caused the bill to be one of the most controversial of the legislative session.

Below we’ll review the lesser known parts of the bill that had almost unanimous support as well as address concerns regarding the arming of teachers. Read More »

Thousands stand up for neighborhood public schools, students and educators

Who says Florida’s neighborhood public schools need better funding? The people do.

Time and again, this state’s electorate has demonstrated broad, bipartisan consensus on the need to invest in our neighborhood public schools, our students and educators.

But to make improved funding happen, the Legislature must act. On April 23, the Florida Education Association (FEA) presented nearly 25,000 more reasons for state lawmakers to properly fund our schools.

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Let’s Talk About the “Waiting List”

During the first half of the 2019 legislative session the Florida House and Senate have both spent a significant time debating similar bills which would greatly expand vouchers for unaccountable private and religious schools. The House is poised to pass their voucher bill later this week.

One of the most often repeated talking points used by legislators, as well as Governor DeSantis is the need to reduce the “waiting list” for students who use vouchers. So, it is worth asking who is on the “waiting list” and why?

The short answer is we don’t know who or even how many students are on the waiting list.

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Week 5: We’ve reached the midpoint of session!

We’ve reached the midway point of the 2019 legislative session. Things will really start to ramp up, and your voice is needed now more than ever.

Below is a brief overview of what’s happening this week in Tallahassee that could impact you:

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A Glance at the Week Ahead

The fourth week of the 2019 legislative session is underway. Below is a quick recap of what you can anticipate through Wednesday of this week.

Today, March 25

  • 3:30pm House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will take up HB 7061 on Teacher Preparation. This bill would, among other things, allow school boards to permit a teacher to continue teaching even if they can’t pass the certification exam. 

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United Faculty of Florida Legislative Update #3

Here’s an update on the third week of the 2019 legislative session from UFF Executive Director Marshall Ogletree:

House and Senate Higher Education Chair Budget Proposals

This week Senate Education Appropriations Chair Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) released the first salvo of budget proposals this week. Highlights gleaned from these proposals are as follows.

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Get Involved by Staying Informed