The Political Action Committee of the MEA is chaired by Tom Lynch and Shane Rozamus.
This committee interviews candidates for local offices and makes recommendations to the Executive Board. Committee meetings are held at various times throughout the year, depending on political season. Please refer to the calendar for meeting dates and times.
The PAC often holds fundraising activities throughout the year to build our political action account. This account is used to contribute to candidates who stand with MEA on education issues, and who MEA recommends. Dues dollars do not go toward Political Action.
Think Education: The MEA asks for all members to contribute $5 each year to build the PAC fund. For every $5 donated, the members name goes into a box used for multiple raffles throughout the year.
Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) News:
‘It’s Our Time’: Maryland Teachers March for School Funding
Thousands of educators and parents clad in red marched through the Maryland state capital on Monday evening, waving protest signs with slogans like, “The Time Is Now,” “Fund Our Schools,” and “Schools Just Want to Have Funds.”
Teachers and parents marching said they can’t wait any longer for an investment into schools. They pointed to stagnant pay, dilapidated school buildings, unwieldy class sizes, and a lack of mental health resources for at-risk students.
The purpose of the march, estimated to be the largest in downtown Annapolis in nearly a decade, was to urge legislators to increase school funding by $325 million for fiscal year 2020 and by $750 million in fiscal year 2021. That proposal—which has been introduced by Democratic leaders in the state House—would include money to provide a 1.5 percent average teacher pay raise and expand services for at-risk learners. These are recommendations from a statewide commission studying how to best improve Maryland’s public schools. READ MORE HERE.
New Texas Teacher Pay Dropping Further Behind National Average
The average teacher salary in Texas is dropping farther behind the national average, according to updated research. The Texas State Teachers Association said in a press release that updated research by the National Education Association shows the average teacher salary in Texas is dropping farther behind the national average.
According to the Texas Education Agency, the average teacher pay in Texas for the 2018-19 school year is $54,122, and the national average is $61,782, according to NEA’s calculations. Texas’ average teacher pay is about $7,600 less than the national average. In the 2017-18 school year, Texas’ average teacher salary trailed the national average by about $7,100. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
GOOD READ: The Denver teachers strike is over. They won.
The pact was reached after an all-night negotiation marathon between the union and school administrators. Henry Roman, president of the union, described it as a “historic” deal. “No longer will our students see their education disrupted because their teachers cannot afford to stay in their classrooms,” Roman said in a statement Monday morning. READ MORE HERE.
Betsy DeVos plans to give taxpayer funds to religious groups to provide school services
Betsy DeVos announced Monday she will allow religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools, in a move education advocates called an affront to the separation of church and state.
Under federal law, private schools are granted “equitable-services provisions,” which entitle private schools to taxpayer-funded services provided to public schools, The Washington Post reported. The rules allow public school funds to go toward training private school teachers or even helping to staff classes. But the rules bar private schools from contracting religious groups for these purposes.
DeVos announced Monday that she will no longer enforce a rule prohibiting religious institutions from providing these taxpayer-funded services in private schools, claiming that the restriction runs counter to a recent Supreme Court decision that said “otherwise eligible recipients cannot be disqualified from a public benefit solely because of their religious character.” READ MORE HERE.