By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
Last spring’s surge of educator walkouts from West Virginia to Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, and Arizona revealed the force behind a different political wave crashing on shores across the country this fall: educators running for office.
In April and May thousands of teachers and school employees descended on state capitols en masse to demand adequate state funding for public education, demonstrating soaring frustration following years of neglect and disrespect.
Now in many places that energy is flowing to the more diffuse but no less urgent work of winning seats of power. Nationally, more than 500 educators are running for state-level office. Here in Michigan, over a dozen educators will compete in November’s election for positions in the state Legislature.