Legislative Update #4

April 1, 2019 House and Senate Appropriations Bills Update Senate and House Appropriations Committees have passed out their respective budgets, inclusive of higher education budget proposals for 2019-20. Which is best? The Senate. Which is adequate? Neither. Please send your representative and senator the message that higher education budgets are not adequate. Tell representatives not to punish faculty for administrative misconduct. You might want to thank senators for a good starting point, but their funding… Continue reading

Legislative Update #3

March 21, 2019 House and Senate Higher Education Chair Budget Proposals This week Senate Education Appropriations Chair Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) released the first salvo of budget proposals this week. Highlights gleaned from these proposals are as follows. Florida College System The 2019-20 House budget proposal for colleges is basically flat with no real increase in funding and continues the performance funding of $60 million,… Continue reading

Legislative Update #2

Legislative Update #2 March 13, 2019 An Abbreviated Report Due to the NEA Higher Education Conference later this week and a light committee agenda, this will be a brief report on today’s action on CS/HB 839 and more specifically the “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey that enables comparisons among universities on the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity at each institution.” The UFF Senate Position As you may recall, the UFF Senate voted unanimously for… Continue reading

Legislative Update #1

Legislative Update #1 March 8, 2019 Legislative Session Begins – Fund Our Future On March 4th, the day before session began, FEA and UFF members were involved in many events statewide to support the FEA campaign #FundOurFutureFL. One example was members from the Leon Classroom TeachersAssociation and all five Tallahassee UFF chapters rallying and waving signs in front of the Old Capitol building. They were joined by FEA President Fed Ingram, FEA VP Andrew Spar,… Continue reading