Public education policy and politics are tightly connected.
Every election is a great opportunity to elect pro-public education candidates who will collaborate with CEA and our local associations to improve learning conditions for students and working conditions of educators.
Elected officials, from school boards to the state Legislature to the White House, make decisions that affect public education. Through both policy and law, elected officials decide:
- school funding and related issues like class size;
- academic standards, curriculum and assessment;
- employee salaries, benefits and retirement;
- school services and safety measures;
- and employee evaluations and due process rights.
Elected officials make decisions that affect public education, oftentimes without the input of the experts in public education: us. That is why our union understands the link between public education policy and politics. We understand education issues, and work to protect and advance public education and educators’ issues in the political arena.
We want every student to thrive – and that is why our members work to pass local mill levies and bonds to improve the schools in their community. It’s why our local unions interview and recommend political candidates who measure up on public school issues and show commitment for our values. And it’s why we are involved in ballot initiative and referenda campaigns: supporting issues that help public education and defeating those that have the potential to harm our schools and students.
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