Florida Retired Educators Association is a 501(c)4 not-for-profit grassroots advocacy and volunteer organization with 10,000+ members.  FREA is independent, non-partisan, and does not endorse political candidates.
The History of FREA

The Retired Teachers of Florida organized on April 9, 1954, as a section of the Florida Education Association (FEA) with Paul D. Phillips serving as President.

The purpose for organizing was to promote the economic, social, and professional status of retired teachers, and the exchange of information of value to them; to safeguard and improve retirement benefits by promoting passage of legislation; and to promote the involvement of retired teachers in community service and the decision-making process in state and local governments.

The Florida Retired Teachers section was reorganized in the fall of 1971, as the Florida Retired Teachers Association (FRTA), an affiliate of FEA.


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The FREA State Office
FREA  Staff Photos and Biographies are below.

The FREA State Office is located at:

8950 9th St. N. Suite 105

St. Petersburg, FL 33702-3047

727-577-6400

info@frea.org     www.frea.org

FREA office hours are:

 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. 

Your membership dues pay for the FREA operating costs. 

This office is here for you!  We like to say that, while we may not have all the answers to your questions on everything from the FRS to dues, to benefits; we can certainly help you find out where to call and supply you with the necessary information.  

So please feel free to call, or come by if you are in the neighborhood!

The History of the
Florida Retired Educators Day Proclamation

In 1979, FREA Member Fay M. Milton of MacClenny, FL began a two year quest to create Florida Retired Teachers Day. 

The recognition for the day was first requested in 1979 and a proclamation was issued for the 3rd Sunday in October by then Governor Bob Graham.

In 1980 the proclamation was again requested and again Governor Graham proclaimed the 3rd Sunday in October as Florida Retired Teachers Day.

On June 1, 1981 the proposal was passed as a law that the 3rd Sunday in November would be recognized as Florida Retired Teachers’ Day.  It was signed by Governor Graham.  This particular date was chosen because it is the Sunday preceding National Education Week, which starts the third Monday of November.

The FREA Office Staff
Directions to the FREA Office
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8950 9th St N STE 105
Saint Petersburg FL 33701
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