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Gradebook podcast: Why are Florida teacher union leaders riding a bus around the state?

An interview with FEA vice president Andrew Spar.
Florida Education Association leaders are taking a five-week, 50-stop bus tour of the state to draw attention to their call for major increases in public school funding over the next decade.
Florida Education Association leaders are taking a five-week, 50-stop bus tour of the state to draw attention to their call for major increases in public school funding over the next decade. [ Florida Education Association ]
Published Oct. 31, 2019

As Florida lawmakers have gathered in the state capitol to debate education issues such as teacher pay, prekindergarten funding and student-athlete health protections, leaders of the state’s largest teacher union hit the road.

They launched a five-week, 50-stop bus tour aimed at drawing attention to their positions on the issues, which often differ from those of the governor and legislative leaders.

What do they hope to accomplish?

Florida Education Association vice president Andrew Spar discusses the group’s objectives, as well as the barriers they face, with reporter Jeff Solochek.

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