The boss who decides how you are evaluated, the amount of planning time you have, and how much you are paid—as well as nearly every other condition of your profession—is probably not a seasoned veteran of public education.
Your boss, actually your bosses, are the local, county, and state politicians who win on Election Day—no education experience required— they get the job! So, like it or not, your job as an educator is indeed very political because your bosses are politicians. They don’t have to have an education degree, pedagogical training, or any exposure to the complex inner workings of a school building, yet they set your pension, determine class size, fund your contract, mandate student testing, and appoint the people who decide your evaluations.
Education workers are special. Because our bosses are politicians, our struggle as MSEA members isn’t only at the worksite, it’s at the voting booth. While some might see this as a curse, it’s really a blessing—we get to hire our bosses by choosing them on Election Day.
Over the last few election cycles, MSEA members have stepped up in big ways and pro-education candidates with MSEA’s endorsement have won more than 80% of their campaigns.
With the 2014 elections on the horizon, it’s time to work together to elect the bosses we need to help our schools and students succeed. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help win the 2014 elections that matter most to public education.
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MSEA Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor
The vote by delegates to the 2013 MSEA Convention followed a comprehensive process that included candidate questionnaires and interviews on a wide range of issues affecting Maryland’s public schools and students, as well as remarks before the RA on October 18. Click here to learn more about the endorsement. Want to compare Lt. Gov. Brown and Republican nominee Larry Hogan's education positions? Click here to check out a handy side by side comparison.
MSEA's Endorsement Process
Click here to learn more about MSEA's very fair, open, and thorough screening process for recommending candidates to its members and the general public
Register to Vote Online Now!
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Tuesday’s primary resulted in big wins for pro-public education champions up and down the ballot, and showed the impact of the endorsement of Maryland’s educators.
Doug Gansler’s latest television ad, “Every Classroom,” is just the latest reckless campaign communication that suggests he’s increasingly out of step with Democratic voters and progressive priorities. By simplistically blaming our state’s most challenged schools on teachers—during Teacher Appreciation Week, no less—Gansler not only advances a solution that would undo collective bargaining, but he does so while demonizing teachers.
MSEA has released its updated list of endorsed candidates for statewide offices, the Senate, and the House of Delegates for the 2014 elections. MSEA had previously announced its endorsement of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for governor, Senator Brian Frosh for attorney general, and Comptroller Peter Franchot for re-election.
A new survey of Maryland voters conducted for the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) shows that among likely primary voters, Anthony Brown holds a large lead with 48 percent of the vote, followed by Attorney General Doug Gansler with 19 percent, and Delegate Heather Mizeur with 9 percent. GBA Strategies administered this survey of Maryland likely voters, including 426 Democrats likely to vote in the June primary.
MSEA’s Representative Assembly (RA) voted on March 15 to endorse Senator Brian Frosh in the race for Maryland’s next attorney general. Delegates from across the state voted on the endorsement during one of the association’s largest meetings of the year. Delegates also voted to endorse Peter Franchot in the race for comptroller.