About

Join PEN of Florida

Our Story

Professional Educators Network of Florida (PEN) was founded in 1995 by a group of educators and interested supporters with a vision to give teachers a new choice for organizing themselves, and a reliable source for affordable legal protection and liability insurance. Since 1995, PEN has grown to include thousands of members in school districts throughout the state of Florida. PEN is not a labor union. PEN is incorporated as a non-profit, professional association, IRS designation 501(c)(6). We are non-partisan, we do not endorse or donate to any political campaigns or organizations.

PEN SERVICES

PEN PROTECTS YOUR CAREER.

PEN provides legal representation from school-based meetings to Professional Practices hearings if your employment rights are violated.  PEN members have reliable access to attorneys at the onset of employment issues.  

PEN PROTECTS YOUR PROFESSION. 

PEN advocates for teachers at the state level with officers and representatives at the capitol every day during the legislative session from the committee level to the Governor's desk.   PEN is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or give money to political campaigns or organizations.  

PEN PROTECTS YOUR MONEY. 

PEN membership includes the best legal protection benefits at an affordable cost.  PEN has successfully represented its members since 1995, and no member has ever had to pay any legal expenses out-of-pocket.  PEN is not affiliated with nor does it financially support any national organizations.  All of your dues money stays in Florida. PEN does NOT give money to any political candidates, ballot initiatives, PACs or other political groups. This protects our members from financially supporting issues with which they may not agree. Also, PEN  does NOT lobby on any non-education issues or tell its members how to vote in any election.

OUR MISSION

PEN provides professional REPRESENTATION, excellent LEGAL PROTECTION, and quality LIABILITY INSURANCE that teachers need at no additional cost or out-of-pocket money to its members.

PEN offers SCHOLARSHIPS, MINI-GRANTS, and quality PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT to help members advance themselves professionally and to assist them in providing their students with an educational experience of the highest quality.

PEN keeps its members INFORMED about EDUCATION and LEGISLATIVE issues. PEN encourages members to be involved in the Legislative process.

PEN officers and lobbyists are at the State Capitol everyday throughout the entire Legislative Session REPRESENTING our members' best interests.

OVERVIEW

  • PEN was founded in 1995 by a group of educators and interested supporters.
  • PEN provides critical liability insurance and legal protection at an affordable cost without the partisan politics and controversial social issues.
  • PEN is not a labor union. PEN is a non-profit, professional association.
  • PEN is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of classroom teachers, retired educators, business leaders and attorneys.
  • PEN does not endorse or make contributions to political candidates or political causes.
  • PEN is not affiliated with any national organization. Your dues money stays in Florida.