Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We’ve been working for you all summer long and can’t wait to get started sharing our good news!!
- Our website (abceteach.org) is full of new information and links for our members, including an up-to-date calendar with events through May of 2018
- Bargaining update: We have been working all summer and had our first session with the District on August 1st.
- Next ABCE Bargaining Team meeting is at the Member Hall (1610 Beck Ave) on August 14th at 4pm. Any member is welcome
- Next Bargaining with the District is at Bay High in the Cafeteria at 4pm on August 21st. Anyone is welcome, but only ABCE members may join the caucus sessions
- Meet and Greet for new teachers at the Member Hall on Tuesday, August 15th from 3:30-4:30pm. Any member is welcome to join us as well, and if you bring a potential member with you, your name will be placed into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Stop by to get your questions answered, meet your leadership team, and pick up a supply or two! We will also have some drinks and snacks for you to enjoy.
We have held two Executive Board work days over the summer to organize for the coming year. Our priorities for this year will be increasing our membership and increasing our communications with you, our members! We heard from membership during our Spring Survey that you wanted more information, but not necessarily frequent emails, so we will be working to place more of our communications on the website, rather than sending emails. A more detailed account of what we’ve accomplished is also at abceteach.org
We have already held one Meet and Greet for the new year at Bennigan’s in the Panama City Mall, and more member events are on the calendar located on our website. Go check us out at abceteach.org and click on the Calendar tab.
Our next Association Representative meeting will be September 12th, at the District Media Center at 4pm. We will feature an FEA training on the Four Pillars of Organization for our newly elected 2017-18 ARs.
When educator compensation doesn’t measure up, it hurts students and communities too.
This interesting article brings to light some interesting information and waste of monies and time.
- Nearly 40 percent of new teachers in Florida leave their jobs within five years, according to state records—a rate 15 to 20 percent higher than the national average.
- Nationwide, the inability to keep teachers teaching costs districts $7.3 billion a year, according to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF).
- In Chicago, replacing just one teacher costs $17,872.
- The best professional development is often in the classroom down the hall.
June 15, 2017 Contact: Mark Pudlow
850.201.3223 or 850.508.9756
FEA: HB 7069 another bad school law
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall expressed her disappointment today that Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7069 into law, saying that it’s the latest in a line of bad legislation designed to undermine Florida’s public schools.
“The implementation of HB 7069 will do harm to our schools and to our most vulnerable students,” McCall said. “Blindly jumping into this so-called ‘fundamental transformation’ of how we educate our children is based almost entirely on ideology. At best this is malpractice. This is no way to build a high quality public education system.”
McCall said that parents and teachers deserve better than HB 7069 and that they know that our schools need more funding to serve the needs of the state’s 2.8 million public school students.
“Our schools need to be able to meet the needs of our students,” McCall said. “That isn’t done with massive giveaways to charter schools while school districts try to scrape by to make ends meet.”
McCall noted that parents, teachers and others from throughout the state opposed HB 7069.
“It’s time for our elected leaders to begin to listen to parents, teachers and education staff professionals. They need to strengthen our neighborhood public schools, not work to undermine them,” McCall said. “We’ll be back to undo the worst of the provisions of HB 7069 and to work to build stronger public schools.”
The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members. FEA represents pre K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational staff professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.
Hundreds show up asking Scott to veto education bill
Wide-ranging bill includes controversial hike in charter school funding.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s stop at a Jacksonville Beach sandwich shop Tuesday afternoon was to be one of several across the state to celebrate last week’s special legislative session as a win for education. Click HERE TO READ MORE…
ALERT: Rumor is that Gov. Scott will sign HB 7069 on Thursday. Don’t let it become a reality. Call him TODAY. (850) 488-7146 Forward this to your friends!
Some of our members may have gotten a marketing email about an “expanded” Best and Brightest scholarship program. The company is trying to sell online SAT and ACT preparation courses to local members. The marketing email contains a link to a Florida Department of Education memo about last year’s Best and Brightest program.
The email fails to mention that
- the Best and Brightest program is contained in HB 7069, which has not been sent to or signed by the governor.
- IF the governor signs the bill, there would be no change in the qualifying criteria for next year, and $6,000 is a weak promise of a future bonus.
- A high test score is not the only qualifying criteria.
This email is simply a marketing program for a test preparation company, so let the buyer (our members) beware.
Review the FEA Myths, Facts and ‘Alternative Facts’ about HB 7069 to help you fight the misinformation and the marketing hype. We encourage you to continue your efforts to urging the Governor veto HB 7069. Please help us stop HB 7069 by sharing FEA’s Action Center link with your friends, colleagues, and relatives. Ask them to email Governor Scott and ask him to VETO HB 7069 and to VETO the state budget.