Saturday Canvassing- Volunteers Needed!

Posted on behalf of Mark Danish
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This Saturday I will be walking in the Tampa Palms area to pass out Vote by Mail forms and gain support from voters. This is an important event in my district and I would like to have as many volunteers as possible. We will also provide water and shirts for our volunteers.

Meeting time: Noon
Address: 18048 Arbor Crest Dr., Tampa, FL
End time: 4 PM
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Will you be able to join? Please let me know as soon as possible and bring family and friends if you can. You may contact me by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Mark Danish

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Correction: HCTA Reporter

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An error on Page 5 of the HCTA Reporter - June 2014 has been corrected. In the Salary Comparison table, the data for Hillsborough County was off by one year, showing a salary of $38,000 for the first four years and then $4,000 increments every third year after that. The correction has been made and the schedule now shows the correct data for Hillsborough County. The original Reporter was replaced with the corrected version, so all links to the document will now display the corrected information.

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

FEA disappointed in federal judge’s ruling on state’s unfair teacher evaluation system

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford expressed disappointment today in a federal judge’s ruling for the state and against Florida’s teachers regarding the state’s controversial teacher evaluation system.

The federal lawsuit, known as Cook v. Stewart, was filed last year by the FEA, the National Education Association (NEA) and seven accomplished teachers and the local education associations in Alachua, Escambia and Hernando counties. The lawsuit challenged the evaluation of teachers based on the standardized test scores of students they do not teach or from subjects they do not teach. They brought suit against the Florida commissioner of education, the State Board of Education and the school boards of those three counties, who have implemented the evaluation system to comply with 2011’s Senate Bill 736.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker dismissed FEA’s challenges to the portions of SB 736 that call for teachers to be evaluated based upon students and/or subjects the teachers do not teach, though he expressed reservations on the practice.

“We are disappointed in the judge’s ruling,” Ford said.

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Legislative Update - 04/15/14

Most State Building Money Now Goes to Charter Schools
By William March | Tribune Staff - Published: April 14, 2014
TAMPA ­­— U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor plunged into the argument over charter schools vs. traditional public schools Monday, accusing charter school advocates in the state Legislature of “theft of tax dollars from our public schools.” Read more here:

Most state building money now goes to charter schools

Traditional Public Schools are Shortchanged as Construction Funding Flows to Charters
By Marlene Sokol | Times Staff Writer - Published: April 14, 2014
TAMPA — Despite the prospect of renewed construction money for traditional public schools, two Democratic leaders insist the state is still giving too generously to charters. Read more here:

Traditional public schools are shortchanged

State’s Stance on Education Too Complex For My Public School Brain
By John Romano | Times Columnist - Published: April 14, 2014
Please forgive me, but I am a dim-witted product of Florida’s inferior public schools. Big numbers confuse me and grandiose ideas are beyond my grasp. For instance, I have a difficult time following the game plan of our super-smart state leaders when it comes to public education. Try as I might, their logic escapes me. Read more here:

Logic of education funding escapes me

ESE Certification Requirements

During the 2013 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1108 was passed and signed into law. Section 9 of the bill added an ESE instruction component of 20 inservice hours or 1 college credit to the professional certification requirements. Read more about the bill and how it may impact you here:

Dues Increase

August 1, 2013

HCTA’s local union dues will not increase this year and there is no increase to pass through from FEA, AFT or AFL-CIO. However, NEA has increased their dues, so there will be a small increase passed through for that. Teacher dues will increase by 41 cents per period and ESP dues will increase by 20 cents per period.