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Ballots Due-April 30

April 11, 2019

Please return your ballots now! Remember, all ballots must come through the US mail to the P.O. Box indicated on the envelope. This is a Department of Labor regulation.


You MUST print your name and sign your ballot return envelope so that we can verify your membership!


If you haven't yet received a ballot, please call the PEA office, 863-533-0908 so that we can verify your address and mail you a new ballot.  If you call after April 17th you must make an appointment to come pick up your ballot at the PEA office as we cannot guarantee that it will arrive in time for you to vote and return it by US mail.


PEA Officer Elections

March 22, 2019

The Polk Education Association announced in February that the positions of President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer were open for nomination.  As of the close of nominations, March 21, 5:30 pm there were three candidates for President, one each for Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer.


PEA Bylaw states: A. Elections Committee 6. In any election where the number of nominees is equal to or less than the number of positions, the Chair of the Elections Committee shall declare the nominees elected and the positions filled [DEC. 1993].


As per PEA Bylaw A. 6. We, the Elections Committee, declares the nominee for Vice-President, Susan Cameron, elected and the position filled.


As per PEA Bylaw A. 6. We, the Elections Committee, declares the nominee for Secretary/Treasurer, Lorinda Utter, elected and the position filled.  


The Elections Committee declares there will be an election held to fill the office of President of PEA. Ballots will be prepared and mailed to member’s home addresses.   Ballots will begin arriving in homes the week of April 1.  If you do not receive a ballot by April 10th, please call the PEA office to confirm your address, 863-533-0908.


Please mark your choice for President and place your ballot in the smallest ballot security envelope and seal it. Then place this sealed ballot security envelope in the self-addressed envelope that was included with your ballot. YOU MUST CLEARLY PRINT YOUR NAME and sign the ballot return envelope. Please affix postage and return by U.S. mail. Ballots will be counted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m. at the PEA office by the Elections Committee. The new officers will start their 3-year term on July 1, 2019.


For more information on the candidates, click on ELECTIONS to learn more about the candidates for President.


Check out Member Benefits for Discounts on Tax Preparation

February 4, 2019


You will need to sign into these websites using your FEA ACCESS card to make use of these benefits.  If you need assistance with your ACCESS card click the link to Member Benefits in the menu on the left for help.


NEA Member Benefits - Educator Tax Deductions

Creative Benefits - Tax Preparation

NEA Click & Save - TurboTax and H&R Block


Commissioner of Education-Richard Corcoran

December 17, 2018

Dear PEA Members,

You have probably read about the recent resignation of Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and the likely appointment of former House Speaker Richard Corcoran as her replacement.


As speaker of the Florida House, Richard Corcoran oversaw the passage of some of the most controversial and destructive education legislation in recent memory. His agenda has focused on the expansion of private school vouchers and charters at the expense of our neighborhood public schools. He has no professional experience in the public school system or as a professional educator.


As educators, we know every student has the potential to learn no matter what their circumstances — and we are dedicated to every student’s success. That’s why I’m writing to you today: We need your help in the education of Richard Corcoran.


Florida’s students need a commissioner who knows our public schools, who understands how our students learn and the needs of education staff. You can help teach the new commissioner by inviting him to walk a day in your shoes.


If you would be willing to invite Richard Corcoran to spend a day at your school or worksite, please fill out this survey. We’ll offer him the opportunity to learn firsthand about our public schools, our students and educators.  


In Solidarity,

Marianne Capoziello

PEA President


All Three Contracts Ratify

October 2, 2018


The teachers, secretaries, and paraeducators represented by the Polk Education Association have all ratified their contracts by wide margins. The ESP/Secretary contract was ratified with 407 votes YES and 19 votes NO. The Paraeducator contract was ratified with 859 votes YES and 28 votes NO. The Teacher contract was ratified with 2463 votes YES and 307 votes NO.


The School Board voted on September 18th to approve all three contracts, teacher, para, and ESP, pending the ratification votes taken this evening. Tonight’s affirmative ratification votes, coupled with the Board’s vote to approve this contract, bring this bargain to its conclusion.


Employees will receive their Cost of Living (COLA) and increases in their October paychecks and it will be retroactive to the start of the school year for most employees and to July 1, 2018 for those whose contract year started at that time.


In Solidarity,

  Marianne Capoziello, PEA President