RALLY TO ASSESS THE TEST
jOIN US On Feb. 26th and rally to speak out for legislative change!
February, 23, 2015
Come and join with your colleagues on Thursday, February 26th at 5 pm. We will meet in front of Senator Kelli Stargel’s Office at 2033 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland Florida, 33803
We chose Sen. Stargel office because she is the Polk County Legislative Chairperson and because she has also worked on fixes to the alternative testing issues associated with the FAA.
It is important to make sure Polk County Legislators know how important it is to get student testing back to rational levels, with reasonable accountability.
PLEASE COME OUT ON FEBRUARY 26th AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!! Click here to RSVP!
planning time grievance - we won!
February 6, 2015
PEA filed a class-action grievance regarding the erosion of planning time and the fact the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was not being followed throughout the district.
PEA presented evidence that the CBA was being either partially or, in some cases, completely ignored. The district’s hearing officer, in conjunction with Sup’t LeRoy agreed. The result of grievance and the expectation that the contract be honored has been outlined in a memo that Sup’t LeRoy has given the principals in the meeting they attended February 5, 2015.
PEA and the district continue to discuss planning as an ongoing issue and your bargaining team has also taken up this as an issue at the table.
it IS TIME TO ASSESS THE TEST!
Thurs., January 15, 2015
Dear Polk Educators and Education Support Professional,
Are you weary of the drum beat of the test being paramount?
Are you tired of seeing instructional time and resources wasted?
Does doing more with less and it never being enough, demoralize you?
Do you feel disempowered and disrespected by a state that feels it can use “advanced mathematics” as a weapon against you and call it a “value-added model”?
Then it is time to take action!
PEA, in conjunction with FEA and all of its affiliates across the state of Florida, is standing up and saying it is more that time to ASSESS THE TEST!
Step 1 is the easiest! Please take a moment to complete the Assess the Test Report Card the link can be found in the “What's New” box to the right of this message.
Step 2 is to go to the FEA Action Center and sign up for our state legislative alerts.
And Step 3 is to watch for future actions that will be coming down the pike as we gear up for this legislative session! Our students, our professions, and public education need you to become engaged in action!
Won’t you stand with PEA, FEA, and your colleagues across the state and take action?!
In Solidarity, Marianne
fea won't appeal SB 850 Lawsuit
Thurs., January 8, 2015
After a series of meetings with Senate President Andy Gardiner, the Florida Education Association (FEA) has decided not to appeal the log-rolling challenge to Senate Bill 850, FEA Vice President Joanne McCall said today.
“We have opened a dialogue with the Senate president on a broad range of issues, including testing, special needs students and other public education concerns of paramount importance to the FEA,” McCall said. “We look forward to working together for the benefit of our children.”
FEA had filed suit last year about the manner in which SB 850 was enacted during the 2014 legislative session. Two pieces of legislation were rejected in committee and then added to an unrelated education bill on the final day of the session. A Leon Circuit Court judge dismissed the lawsuit on procedural grounds without ever hearing the merits of the case.
Today’s actions are not related to another lawsuit FEA has filed in conjunction with other groups and individuals seeking to declare the ever-expanding tax-credit voucher program unconstitutional.
PASCO May join other Florida School Districts in pushing back against over-testing
Monday, November 4
Pasco County is poised to become the latest school district to formally stand against the direction of Florida’s testing and accountability system. School Board members said Tuesday that they want relief from the state on the number of tests that students take, as well as the manner in which the results are...
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