FEA ‘Fund Our Future’ Bus Tour Stop Set for Brevard Nov. 12 to Rally for Public Education
By Space Coast Daily // November 10, 2019
Florida Education Association officers traveling the state
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Fund Our Future is a campaign to urge Florida’s legislature to invest in public education—in the success of students, in public schools, and in recruiting and retaining teachers and school support staff.
The Florida Education Association officers are traveling around the state rallying and educating the community about the needs of our students and our schools.
Currently, Florida ranks #43 in the nation for per-pupil funding and #46 in the nation for average teacher salary.
The bus, along with FEA state officers, Vice President Andrew Spar and Secretary-Treasurer, Carole Gauronskas, will make three stops in Brevard County on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, and will welcome the press at the first and third stops.
Stop #1: Community Breakfast (Press welcome at this stop) at Brevard Federation of Teachers, 1007 S. Florida Avenue, Rockledge, FL from 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Community members and public education stakeholders will be attending.
Stop #2: Faculty & Staff Luncheon at Stone Magnet Middle School, 1101 E. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL from 12:15-1:45 p.m.
Stop #3: BFT General Membership Meeting (Press welcome at this stop) at Golfview Elementary Magnet School, 1530 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL from 5-7 p.p. BFT members, community members, and public education stakeholders will be attending.
Florida’s teacher shortage is a crisis for students. Currently, Brevard Public Schools has 75 open instructional positions, and we are fourteen weeks into the school year.
For the past 70 school days, students have either been crammed into overcrowded classrooms or taught by non-certified personnel.
“We wouldn’t have a recruitment problem if we didn’t have a retention problem,” said Vanessa Skipper, Vice President of the Brevard Federation of Teachers. “It’s time to value public education in Florida.”