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The PEA-PAC has endorsed the following candidates

September 6, 2018

Candidates for School Board

District 3 – Sarah Fortney is a teacher with 33 years of teaching experience. She will be a strong teacher voice and also understands the importance of support staff work.


District 5Jennifer Sabin is a strong parent activist. She believes that the Florida Accountability System is broken and works to bring an end to “test and punish.”


Candidates for State Office


Robert Doyel—State Senate District 22


Andrew Gillum—Governor


Sean ShawAttorney General


Jeremy RingChief Financial Officer


The Republican candidates were invited and chose not to participate in the endorsement process, therefore we have no recommended Republican candidates in the primary.


For more information on voter registration and polling places visit the Polk Supervisor of Elections


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