“I never thought I would need PEN’s legal services. I had been teaching for 34 years and been nominated several times as Teacher of the Year. But in my 34th year of my teaching career, one of my ESE student’s parents requested that I let her son take a test as many times as it took for him to pass the test. When I explained to her that I could not do that, she began calling the school and sending emails to DOE telling them things that were not true about what I was doing to her son. I called PEN and within a few hours, I was speaking with an attorney and he listened to my situation and advised me on how to proceed. He stayed in contact with me until the issue was resolved. I am so thankful I filled out that PEN brochure that was in my school mailbox.” – Polk County Educator
“I believed one of my students was being abused by a guardian. I called the PEN representative and she told me that I was obligated to report this to the district. I was interviewed by the district, the DCF and the sheriff’s department. The PEN attorney advised me of the laws, helped me prepare my statement and advised me on the process. It all turned out fine in the end, but it would have been a really scary time if I had not had an attorney advising me.” – Palm Beach County Educator
“Due to an injury, my doctor prescribed that I would need to adjust several of my job-related activities. PEN helped me with getting the district to make accommodations so I could keep on working. It was a relief to have PEN speak out for me and make sure that my rights were not violated.” – Miami-Dade Educator
We know teachers work hard for their money. We keep membership rates at an affordable $18 per month for the professional membership. Although your membership is affordable, you still get the very best legal and employment rights protection in the state of Florida with reliable access to real education attorneys. None of your membership fees leave the state of Florida. We won’t ever use your hard-earned money to support social agendas outside the scope of education. We don”t take political sides, so you can rest assured your dues are supporting you and your career.
PEN is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or give money to political campaigns or organizations. PEN promotes teachers NOT agendas. All of your dues money stays in Florida!
PEN believes that teachers are professionals and deserve to be treated as such. PEN is not a labor union. The outdated labor union model is overvalued and overpriced. Teachers are professionals and they deserve to belong to an organization that treats them that way. We want to help make Florida a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn.
As a member of The Professional Educators Network, you have access to top-notch education attorneys ready to defend and support you in your teaching career. Our legal team is on standby to support and protect your rights as an educator regarding:
Contract Enforcement | Certification Problems/Questions | Reduction in Force/Layoff | Suspension Without Pay | Letters of Reprimand | Evaluations | Student Discipline Issues | Parent and Student Complaints | Professional Practices Cases | Transfers | Harassment | Surplus | Health and Safety Issues