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Miami-Dade teachers union President Fedrick Ingram elected to Florida Education Association

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Fedrick Ingram United Teachers of Dade

The head of Miami-Dade County’s teachers union has been elected vice president of the Florida Education Association.

Fedrick Ingram was elected Friday night, making him the first African-American to hold a top leadership position with the state-wide union.

“I’m honored that fellow educators from across the state have entrusted this important job to me,” Ingram said in a statement.

He added: “I think it’s important for the teachers and students to have an advocate in Tallahassee who knows the unique issues of the state’s largest metropolitan area.”

Delegates in Orlando also elected Joanne McCall as president of FEA. She will take over for Andy Ford.

Ingram will serve out his term as president of the United Teachers of Dade. He was elected in 2013 to a three-year term.

His election comes at a time of contention at home. Almost 40 percent of teachers voted against the most recent labor contract, which was approved in September.

Christina Veiga: 305-376-2029, @cveiga