In February 1968, the state teachers' union, the Florida Education Association (FEA), staged the first statewide teachers strike in the country. The strike occurred in response to Governor Claude Kirk's refusal to meet FEA demands on salary and school budget increases.
This report provides a detailed timeline of the political factors that drove the Florida Education Association to organize a statewide teacher strike in 1968, as well as a timeline of the actual strike and its aftermath.
This press release discusses the first day of the 35,000-teacher walkout in Florida on February 19, 1968. Provides information about conditions in Escambia, Palm Beach and Orange counties on first day of the strike.
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