August 7, 2019

By a 4 to 1 margin, Orange County teachers rejected their proposed 2019-2020 contract. That’s the first time it’s happened [Orlando Weekly]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Jenna Lyons of the Orlando Weekly writes:

"They saw red, so they wore red. Fed-up teachers all across the country, in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and North Carolina, used the color as their symbol of solidarity. Calling out underfunding, stagnant wages and scant benefits, a wave of teacher strikes has made headlines since 2018.

Teachers are standing up for a fair wage. And here in Florida, Orlando educators want to lead the movement in the state. Under law, they can't strike, so they have to voice their dissent through other means.

Teachers wearing red packed the July 30 Orange County Board of Educators meeting. The day before, they had made history by voting down a proposed contract agreement between the school district and their union – the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) – for the very first time.


...The state budgeted $21.1 billion for education in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Overall per-student funding was at $7,408, more than $4,300 below the national average of $11,762, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. For the upcoming 2019-2020 fiscal year, the state increased overall K-12 funding to $21.8 billion. The base student allocation also went up to $4,279.49, this time a difference of $75 instead of 47 cents."


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