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The Manatee Education Association -- your professional union -- is Manatee County's advocate for teachers and paraprofessionals.  For many years we have stood together and spoken for quality education and for serving and protecting your best interests. 

Educators are entrusted with the care and nurturing of our county's most precious resource:  CHILDREN.  Our lives are dedicated to the future of children and to the future of our community, our state and nation.

MEA brings together teachers and paras so that our voices can be heard and respected.  As a member of MEA you support the only organization dedicated to representing your interests at the local (School Board), state (Legislature) and national (Congress) levels.

Thank you for your involvement and your choice to stand with your colleagues in Manatee County, Florida and throughout America.

MEA Accomplishments

MEA is your union.  Together we stand united in representing the interests of teachers, paraprofessionals and the students we serve.

Did you know?

  • MEA negotiated one salary step increase for all returning teachers plus ¾% increase for all teachers and additional steps for teachers who have completed 16 and 25 years of continuous teaching service in Manatee County schools for the 2015-2016 school year. 
  • MEA negotiated one salary step increase for all returning paraprofessionals and an hourly increase of $0.73 for paras at the top of the salary schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. 
  • MEA successfully defended members facing allegations of child abuse within the district and at the Florida Department of Education
  • MEA negotiated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the district that ensures that between 2014-2015 school year and the 2016-2017 school year no teacher will receive a rating of less than effective on the student learning growth portion of the Manatee County Teacher Evaluation System
  • MEA worked jointly with management to survey teachers and administrators and compile information to improve the Manatee County Teacher Evaluation System
  • MEA succeeded in restoring the supplement paid to all guidance counselors
  • MEA negotiated a MOU with the district that ensures Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Funds (aka ‘Teacher Lead’ money) will not be paid via a debit card
  • MEA worked with management to correct pay for ROTC instructors and many individual teacher and para members
  • MEA is in contact with the district administration on a daily basis to resolve issues and problems for its members
  • MEA provides assistance to members with concerns on their evaluations, including understanding the process, writing a rebuttal and meeting with their administrators
  • MEA provides an avenue for new and experienced teachers who may want mentoring or intervention
  • MEA/Management committee works together to ensure a safe working environment for all teachers and paraprofessionals and a safe learning environment for students
  • MEA/District Paperwork Reduction Committee edits, approves and eliminates district forms and addresses school-based forms that are appealed.