Is the Florida teachers union too conservative?
Yes, says Doug Tuthill, a former Pinellas teachers union president who is now president of the Step Up For Students voucher organization. He offered his take on recent leadership changes at the Florida Education Association in this post on the redefinED blog:
For the second time in three years, the top African-American official in the Florida Education Association has been pushed out of the organization. FEA Chief of Staff Alfreda Davis, the former Chief of Staff for Washington, D.C. mayor Anthony Williams and a gifted leader, has been given a severance check after only 15 months on the job. She had replaced Aaron Wallace, who met a similar fate.
This is painful to watch, both as a former FEA local president who for years pushed the organization to be more progressive, and as the current head of a scholarship program that serves low-income children of color. Alfreda told me she was eager to move FEA beyond its siege mentality and wanted to find common ground with social justice programs like the one I lead – a Tax Credit Scholarship that gives more learning options to low-income families. But soon after we began strategizing she left.