MEA Has Members Covered

Don’t be fooled by imitators who offer liability coverage only. Last year alone 17 members faced false allegations of child abuse requiring legal representation for criminal investigations (CPS), for defense of certificate (DOE) as well as for district investigations (OPS).  In the last decade, there have been 0 members requiring liability coverage.

When it comes to coverage MEA along with its affiliates, FEA, AFT and NEA, has members covered in all areas of job related issues including legal, and it’s all included in the price of your dues.

Coverage includes but is not limited to:

  • Allegations of child abuse resulting in criminal charges
  • Ethics charges referred to the Department of Education
  • Questions of competency reflecting on job performance
  • Representation in disputes with school level administration
  • High dollar liability coverage

In addition, members have the benefit of:

  • An outstanding legal team with over 75 years of aggregate experience and a staff of full time attorneys who deal exclusively with members’ legal issues.
  • A network of labor lawyers throughout the state
  • MEA officers and staff to guide members through the process
  • No limitations on fees, hours or nature of the case




Mask Mandate with Optional Opt Out Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

August 17, 2021 – Click on the link below to read a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which reflects the working conditions under the Mask Mandate with the Optional Opt Out which was voted on by the School Board on August 16, 2021. 

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21-22 Referendum Revenue and Expenditure Summary

August 6, 2021 - Click on the following link to read the Memorandum of Understanding between the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County regarding what the referendum supplement will be for the 2021-2022 school year. The referendum supplement payment will begin on the August 27, 2021 paycheck.

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2021-2022 Teacher/Paraprofessional Reopening of Schools

August 6, 2021 - Click on the following link to read the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County regarding what the working conditions will be for the reopening of schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Record Day MOU Signed

May 3, 2021 - The School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education Association have reached agreement through Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in lieu of any formal action over the recent adoption of modifications to the calendar for 2021-2022.  The MOU addresses the modifications to the October 8, 2021 Record Day and modifies the Collective Bargaining Agreement pertaining to Article XVII-Work Year-Section 1-Work Year. 

The MOU provides the following: 

  1. Voluntary BEST Standards professional learning opportunities may be offered on half of the Record Day on October 8, 2021. It is the teacher’s sole choice to participate in this professional development, and no one shall be coerced or pressured to do so by any District or school administrator. No other meetings or professional learning will be scheduled on October 8th. 
  2. The Student Growth Score within the Teacher Evaluation System for the 2020-2021 work year will only be used if the measure results in an advantage or benefit for the teacher. 
  3. The Superintendent and MEA agree to distribute a joint communication regarding the voluntary professional development, its purpose, and the fact it is restricted to the Record Day on October 8, 2021. 

Pat Barber                                                                       Cynthia Saunders
MEA President                                                                Superintendent 

Amended Memorandum of Understanding - Millage Referendum for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The amended referendum clarifies how much of teachers' outside the student day planning time management may use for meetings.

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