August 14 SREA newsletter: Your Voice, Your Choice!

Santa Rosa EA is committed to the “Three Rs” – being a Responsible, Respectful and Responsive organization for its members.  If you want to have a professional association in which members come first, then you need Santa Rosa EA. In order to have Santa Rosa EA as your bargaining agent, please complete the Showing of Interest card (please fill out the correct form – the top is for teachers and the bottom for education staff professionals), and send it one of two ways:

  1. Mail to Santa Rosa Education Association, P.O. Box 723, Milton, FL 32570
  2. Email us at [email protected] to arrange for your card to be picked up at your worksite

Local News

Fact of the Week
When Santa Rosa EA wins the right to bargain for employees in Santa Rosa County the Status Quo for wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment remains until a successor contract is negotiated.

School Visits This week
Santa Rosa EA is committed to giving you opportunities to learn what’s happening and to be heard. This week, we will be visiting Holley-Navarre Primary at 2:15 pm on Wednesday, August 24th and at Rhodes Elementary at 2:30 pm on Thursday, August 25th.

Santa Rosa EA offers professional development for new(er) teachers
Are you a teacher in your first three years of employment?  Would you like to learn more about successful classroom management and effective teaching?  If so, please join us for “Cultivating a Culture of Success in Your Classroom” either Tuesday, August 23rd at Navarre HS from 4-6 pm or Tuesday, September 13th at Avalon MS from 4-6 pm. This training uses research-based best practices for getting your year off to a great start!

Bargaining Update
While bargaining has yet to begin in Santa Rosa County, associations in other counties are either at the table (Escambia, Walton, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf, to name a few) or have already come to agreement. Gadsden County Teachers and Education Staff Professionals recently completed negotiations with a 6% increase for teachers and a 1% increase for support staff. Way to go, Gadsden!

Santa Rosa EA working to help families in Louisiana
Santa Rosa EA and the Hampton Inn in Navarre will be accepting donations for the flood victims in Louisiana. All donations can be dropped off at the Hampton Inn lobby. Here in the panhandle we are no stranger to flooding and bad weather leaving a community distraught and in need of assistance. Please join us this week as we lend a helping hand to our neighbors to the West. Many people involved have lost everything and your help in the wake of this tragedy will be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support. Immediate needs include:

  • toiletries (soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.)
  • cleaning supplies (trash bags, wipes, paper towels, rubber gloves, etc.)
  • water
  • non-perishable food items
  • pet food and supplies, and
  • clothes, linen, etc.

Pre-Planning Survey
Santa Rosa wants to hear from you! We want to know more about how your preplanning days and how they were spent.  Click HERE to take the survey.

State News

FEA disappointed and frustrated in ruling on voucher suit
FEA President Joanne McCall expressed disappointment and frustration with a ruling today by the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee upholding a lower court ruling denying FEA and other groups and individuals standing in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s tax credit voucher program, a scheme recently attempted by the Legislature to establish a state program to pay for educating children in largely unregulated private schools, diverting funds that otherwise would support free public schools as required by the Florida Constitution

“Once again, the merits of this case aren’t being argued. The court says that teachers and parents and other groups aren’t allowed to challenge the constitutionality of the tax credit vouchers,” McCall said. “Why won’t they let teachers and parents challenge this one?”

McCall said FEA was looking at the First District Court of Appeal ruling and will determine later whether to appeal the ruling to the Florida Supreme Court.

National News

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Don’t forget: The big picture matters.