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Make Education Count! 

Why Politics?

Teachers and education staff professionals, especially upon first joining MEA and their state association, frequently ask,“why are we so active in politics? In what way does politics affect us generally and me personally in the work we do?”

The answer, in just a few words is “in just about every way you can imagine.”

Politics affects school salaries, classroom sizes, the availability of textbooks and equipment, school safety and nutrition, the freedom to teach, the attitude of the public towards our public schools and school personnel, the quality of the learning environment and a lot more. Politics is woven inseparably and intrinsically into every aspect of public education.

As an organization, MEA and FEA, our state association, participates in the political process at all levels with the goal of re-establishing confidence in public education among the citizens of Florida, building great opportunities for economic security for all educational personnel, and ensuring a quality public education system.

Part of our process is identifying, selecting for recommendation and supporting those candidates who share the Associations/Union’s commitment to children and public education. MEA measures candidates, regardless of political party affiliation, on the following issues:

  • Strengthening public education at all levels;
  • Protecting children’s health and safety;
  • Preparing students for jobs of the future through public education; and
  • Building and maintaining a quality workforce


In addition to screening and recommending candidates favorable to education, MEA encourages members to register, vote and participate in political activities.

Get involved!  Be a part of the Process!

Floridians go to the polls each election cycle to elect Statewide officials who have a profound influence on the education policy and education employees in our state.

You can make the difference on the Federal, State, County and Local levels.

If you don’t believe that you need to get involved, then please take a moment to answer the question below:

Who makes the following decisions for YOU?

  • Where does the money come from for my salary? Who pays for my medical coverage? Who determines my social security coverage? Or my age for retirement and what my benefits will be?
  • Will I receive PSC status and what is the process to obtain PSC status? Who will make sure that my right to due process is protected?
  • Do I need to worry about privatization? Who will protect my job from privatization?
  • How are school bus safety programs funded? Why isn't there an aide on the bus? Who sets the safety standards? How often is the equipment updated? How is this funded?
  • Who determines the staffing for school cafeterias and custodial needs? Who decides what foods are on placed on the school lunch menu?
  • How is Class size funded? Who makes this decision? Who is working to protect Class size?
  • How are Certification Standards established? Does the state or my district provide adequate in-service training? Is there a cost?
  • Who sets the length of the school year and determines start dates?
  • Why hasn't my school updated the textbooks? Why aren't there enough textbooks for all of my students in my classroom?
  • Who sets the standards for conduct and discipline policies in the state and my district?
  • Who determines how assistance for special needs students will be administered? What about funding for per student allocations?
  • What about unemployment coverage?

Who do I contact with my concerns?

Marion County School Board Members below:

  District 1, 2016-2020
Nancy Stacy

Eighth Street, Greenway, Madison Street, Shady Hill, South Ocala, and Wyomina Park Elementary Schools; Osceola Middle School; Forest and Lake Weir High Schools; and Marion Technical Institute.

512 SE 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 812-2723


District 2, 2016-2020
Chair-Beth McCall 

Belleview, Belleview-Santos, Emerald Shores, Harbour View, and Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary Schools; Belleview and Lake Weir Middle Schools; Belleview High School.

512 SE 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 427-4713


District 3, 2014-2018
 Bobby James

College Park; Dr. N.H. Jones; Dunnellon; Hammett Bowen, Jr.; Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks; Romeo; Saddlewood; and Sunrise Elementary Schools;
Dunnellon, Howard, and West Port/Liberty Middle Schools;
Dunnellon and West Port High Schools,
Community Adult and Technical Education Center.

512 SE 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 427-3781


District 4, 2014-2018
Vice-Chair Angie Boynton

Evergreen, Maplewood, Oakcrest, and Ward Highlands Elementary Schools; Ft. King Middle School; Vanguard High School; Hillcrest School, Phoenix Center, and Student Services.

512 SE 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471


District 5, 2014-2018
Kelly King

Anthony, East Marion, Fessenden, Fort McCoy K-8, Ocala Springs, Reddick-Collier, and Sparr Elementary Schools; North Marion Middle and North Marion High Schools.

512 SE 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471


Letters to the Editor of the Ocala Star Banner should follow the following rules:

(taken from StarBanner website)

LETTERS: Editors welcome and read all letters, though all are not published. Each letter must include the writer's signature, printed or typed name, full address and daytime phone number for verification. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. We reserve the right to edit or condense any letter. Priority is given to shorter, concise letters. We do not publish anonymous letters, thank you letters, letters addressed to others, poems, or copies of letters sent elsewhere. Each writer is limited to one published letter in a 30-day period. For longer letters please see Other Voices.

OTHER VOICES: Commentary from our readers on timely issues is welcome for consideration for Sunday's Opinion page. Submissions should be kept to approximately 750 words and include a brief biography, physical address and daytime phone number. Only one submission every three months from the same person will be considered for publication.

SEND LETTERS TO: Editorial Page Editor, Box 490, Ocala, FL 34478; e-mail:; fax: (352) 867-4018 or use our online form below. Submissions cannot be acknowledged or returned.


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