Press Room

Media Contacts:

Adam Mendelson | (443) 433.3630 |
Steven Hershkowitz | (443) 433.3684 |

MSEA's media contacts serve as principal contacts for members of the press, identifying in-house experts as well as educators in the field for interviews on a wide range of education topics.

Please note that all press inquiries should be directed to the contacts listed above. We look forward to working with you.

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Educators Applaud Bold First Step on School Funding, Teacher Salaries


“Teachers and other educators will see their largest raise since the 2008 recession. Our schools will hire more special educators and paraprofessionals to help struggling learners and students with disabilities. More than 200 high-poverty schools will become ‘community schools’ where wrap-around services such as counseling and healthcare will break down economic barriers to learning. This bipartisan legislation is a bold first step toward Maryland’s future success," said MSEA President Cheryl Bost.

Question 1 Wins More Votes than Anything Else on the Ballot


“Educators are thrilled that such an overwhelming number of Marylanders voted for increased funding for our public schools. The $500 million annually that Question 1 will add is the first step to closing the $2.9 billion annual funding gap that negatively impacts students, educators, and schools across the state. Keeping the promise on casino revenues was the easy part. To meet the commitments our students and schools deserve will take the continued support and activism of Marylanders to make sure that the Governor and legislature permanently closes this gap when the General Assembly convenes in January," said Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost.

Poll: Maryland Educators Facing Financial Strains


“Far too many educators are struggling to make ends meet. It’s clear that Maryland needs to do more for our teachers and school staff. Educators devote their lives to making a difference for every single child in their community, yet as a state we have allowed educators to become undervalued. The Kirwan Commission, legislators, and local officials must address this problem head-on so we can recruit and retain the talented and dedicated educators our kids need and deserve," said Baltimore County elementary teacher and MSEA President Cheryl Bost.

Cheryl Bost Becomes MSEA President


“The truth is, public schools have been a foundation of upward economic mobility for many Maryland families—including many low-income families—but not yet for all of our families. If I can accomplish anything as president of Maryland’s educators union, I want to help deliver on the promise that every student has an equal opportunity at success in our schools," said Bost.

Hogan Partisan Alert: Educators Blast Gov. Hogan’s Veto of Bipartisan Bill to Put Teachers, Parent on State School Board


“It’s the very definition of common sense that teachers should be at the decision-making table when developing policies that affect our students. But not only has Gov. Hogan failed to appoint a single Maryland teacher to his Board of Education, he has now actively blocked bipartisan legislation to make it happen. Gov. Hogan is sending a very clear message: He doesn’t believe teachers should have a voice in decisions about our schools, students, and profession," said MSEA President Betty Weller.

Maryland Educators Endorse Ben Cardin for U.S. Senate


“At a time when Donald Trump and the Congressional Republicans want to privatize education and dismantle our public schools, educators need our friend Ben Cardin back in the Senate now more than ever. Marylanders need a strong defender of our rights—that’s exactly who Ben has been and that’s exactly who he’ll continue to be," said MSEA President Betty Weller.

Maryland Educators Endorse Frosh for Attorney General


“Attorney General Frosh has been an incredible partner for educators and public schools. We look forward to continuing our work with the ‘People’s Lawyer’ to stop school privatization, uphold student protections, and defend workers’ rights for another four years,” said MSEA President Betty Weller.

Maryland Educators Endorse Jealous for Governor


“Our children need a new Maryland Promise that no matter their neighborhood, the state will make sure there’s a strong public school in their community. Ben Jealous is the candidate with the values, the vision, and the coalition-building skills to make that promise a reality," said MSEA President Betty Weller.

Nation's Report Card: Maryland’s Underfunded Schools Show Flat Student Scores


“Right now, the average school is underfunded by $2 million every year. It’s time for Maryland to renew its promise to every family that the state and counties will fully fund your neighborhood public school. We will not deliver equal opportunity to every child, and we will not rise back to the top of these rankings, until we pass a new state funding formula that closes our $2.9 billion annual funding shortage," said MSEA President Betty Weller.

MSEA Statement on Fix the Fund Act Passage


“We applaud the General Assembly for taking the first step in making a new Maryland Promise to every family, in every community, that the state will fund a strong public school for their children. We now turn our focus to ensuring bold recommendation from the Kirwan Commission, a YES vote on the Fix the Fund ballot question in November, and the passage of a new school funding formula in the 2019 General Assembly session that comprehensively addresses our annual funding shortage," said MSEA President Betty Weller.