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FEA calls for Valentines Day cards to Speaker Weatherford



Plans to overhaul Florida's public employee retirement plan have received overwhelmingly negative reviews from worker groups, with the Florida Education Association playing a vocal role in the opposition.

FEA vice president Joanne McCall issued a statement Tuesday decrying the proposal to force new employees into a 401K-style plan, accusing lawmakers of trying to break down a pension system that has been among the nation's best funded. She also criticized Gov. Rick Scott's proposed education budget.

“The budget the governor proposes barely moves our investment in Florida’s students to the level it was when he took office and it remains less per student than it was in the 2007-2008 school year,” McCall said in a release. “Since that budget six years ago, the Florida Legislature has piled on demand after demand of our schools and these mandates have largely gone unfunded. These mandates vastly increase testing, demand much more time from our teachers and they require training and technology that are far from fully realized.”

She called upon all public school employees to send a holiday card to legislative leaders expressing their love of public education, and their dismay with the treatment they're getting from Tallahassee.

“We want them to write a Valentine to Speaker Weatherford and to tell their stories about the impact they have on the lives of our students,” McCall said. “We want him – and all political leaders – to know about our dedication to our students and that we will always be there for them. But we also want them to know we’re disappointed in their lack of support.”

What will your Valentine say?

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:27am]


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