Florida Education Association names its lawmaker friends
Florida's main teachers union gathers this weekend in Orlando for its annual delegate conference, where members will talk issues and politics.
The Florida Education Association will hear from candidates, including Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist, Alex Sink, Dan Gelber, Scott Maddox and Loranne Ausley.
The group also plans to honor several lawmakers, all Democrats, with its Friend of Education awards. This year's recipients are Rep. Geraldine Thompson or Orlando, Rep. Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale, Rep. Dwight Bullard of Miami, Rep. Martin Kiar of Davie, Rep. Franklin Sands of Plantation and Rep. Keith Fitzgerald of Sarasota. The Freshmen Friend of Education award winners are Rep. Adam Fetterman of Port St. Lucie and Rep. Mia Jones of Jacksonville.