Education

TEACHER'S BILL OF RIGHTS: DeSantis Looks to Curb Teacher Union Power, Protect Educators

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.24.23

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis introduced his Teacher’s Bill of Rights; new legislation that will prohibit teacher’s unions from collecting dues directly from educator paychecks, according to a press release.

“We want more transparency into how school unions operate, and we are going to fight against school union haggling that holds teachers and their salary increases hostage,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “Partisan groups should not be given special privileges.”

“This is a huge package to increase teacher pay, support teacher empowerment and protect teachers’ paychecks by ensuring they have control over their hard-earned salary,” DeSantis said.

Watch the clip above.

From The Center Square:

The proposal will encourage transparency and accountability for unions, including teacher unions and higher education unions. Unions must represent at least 60% of employees eligible for membership, up from 50%.

The legislation will also allow the state to investigate any union suspected of fraud and financial records must be made available, as well as annual audits.

Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and Rep. Lal Roach, R-Cape Coral, began the process of reducing term limits for school board members from twelve years down to eight in an earlier special session.

The new laws will also allow educators the ability to report to the state anything that violates a teacher’s rights, and the state Department of Education will investigate any claims made.

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