From the classroom to the campaign trail: Emboldened teachers run for office ...
Driven by distaste for federal education policy and dismayed by the actions of state legislatures, teachers are running for office in unprecedented numbers, union officials said. In several deep-red states, educators who protested budget cuts, low teacher pay and pension changes are challenging lawmakers at the ballot box, following through on vows to oust them from office.
Teachers on both sides of the aisle are taking up the mantle, with some Republican educators campaigning on pledges to increase education spending and to slow the expansion of charter schools. ...
“It’s a direct reflection of folks just sick of politicians dictating what we do in our jobs when they’ve never done it themselves,” Winkler said. “We’re rising up, and people are just not going to take it anymore.”
Teachers have watched as their classrooms crumbled from neglect and their school days became consumed by preparation for standardized tests. Others grew frustrated when President Trump nominated and the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, a billionaire advocate of charter schools and private school vouchers, to lead the Education Department. DeVos had never worked in or attended a public school.
And Trump’s suggestion to arm teachers to guard against school shooters has angered many. Mallard, inspired by student activism after the February massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., produced a video of herself sawing an AR-15 in half to advertise her support of gun control.
From Maine to Hawaii, about 170 teachers, former teachers and other school workers — including school psychologists, principals and teacher’s aides — are running for seats in state legislatures, according to tallies by teacher unions and the Badass Teachers Association, a grass-roots education organization.
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Democracy is a garden that has to be tended. -Barack Obama
I'm happy to see more educators getting involved in politics, but I looked up Badass Teachers and saw this in the second paragraph....
Written by a bad, not badass, teacher.Too many of our Black and Brown children are introduced to law enforcement at an early where there chances of success are diminished as a result.