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#RedforEd Teachers Step Up 2020 Political Engagement in Florida

#RedforEd Teachers Step Up 2020 Political Engagement in Florida

Last week in Minnesota, “The #RedforEd teachers’ movement confirmed it is a purely political movement designed to help elect Democrats and stop the re-election of President Donald Trump in 2020.

The Florida Education Association (FEA), which describes itself as “the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members … affiliated nationally with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the national AFL-CIO,” sponsored Monday’s rally in Tallahassee.

FEA also attempted to portray the rally as purely non-partisan and has focused its policy demands on one key objective: more funding for public schools:

The speakers for the event, according to the Florida Education Association website, included local and state teachers’ union officials and several national figures, such as Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of National Education Association (NEA), Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Reverend Al Sharpton, founder and president of National Action Network, Jesse Sharkey, president of Chicago Teachers Union, and Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers.

It’s time to make public schools the schools our students deserve.” pic.twitter.com/TzJytYrM1j — Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) January 13, 2020

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