The Florida Education Association and MCEA provide the best and broadest employment legal representation available to their members should they ever need it.
This rattles some public officials. That’s why in the last legislative session they revived a failed program to provide liability insurance for educators, earmarking $1.2 million for this in the Florida budget.
Supporters of this program have stated that the politicians’ purpose for passing it is an attempt to eliminate your union – particularly since FEA is the only statewide organization fighting the policies that hurt our students and our profession. Politicians think that this unneeded insurance is going to shrink our numbers, but the truth is your union offers far more than just insurance.And, during the five years the program was in effect a decade ago, our membership grew.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Let’s return this unopened present that we never asked for - and return the money to where it belongs, in our public schools.
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July 27 - August 3 - Camp Teach July 28 - Negotiations - 9 AM in the Personnel Building - Cancelled August 1 - New Teacher Orientation August 4 - Optional Teacher Flex Day August 6 - School Site Leader Training August 8 - Teacher Work Day August 9-10 - District In-Service Days August 11 - Teacher Work Day August 12 - District In-Service August 15 - Students' First Day August 20 - Political Rally at Charlies 6-8 pm August 22 - Negotiations
August 30 - PRIMARY ELECTION DAY! - Palm Cards listing the AFL-CIO endorsed candidates can be picked up at the MCEA office or viewed in the Members' Section of this website.
August 31 - Early Release
Have you been wondering what the Flex Day at the beginning of next school year is all about?
Well here goes....
The Flex Day and it's use are defined in the contract Article II.2.B.7 which states:
7. One (1) flex day will be available to teachers each school year. A flex day is defined as a teacher work day immediately preceding the first teacher pre-school work day. Flex days shall be used for planning and classroom preparation. A teacher may elect to work a flex day and then take one of the other teacher workdays off during the school year, including the last post-school day. Teachers must notify principals in advance as much as possible if a flex day will be utilized during any given school year.
To clarify further, the flex day will be Thursday, August 7. You do not have to use the flex day. You can begin your school year on Friday, August 8. MCEA negotiated this so that elementary teachers who tend to need more time at the beginning of the year to set up classrooms could have it and middle and secondary teachers could use the time at the end of the year when they tended to need it more. If you work the flex day in August, you will need to notify your principal of the workday that you will not come in. There is no time specifically stated for this, but the expectation is that you will be professional and give them the information in a timely fashion.