Bills on over-testing and privatization advance thanks to educator activism
Educators had a big week last week — with substantial levels of activism leading to significant steps in the right direction on the Protect Our Schools Act, the Less Testing, More Learning Act, and turning back Gov. Hogan’s private school vouchers program.
Here’s the recap:
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Including NEA President Lily Eskelsen García…
And public education champions like Senator Roger Manno and Delegate Eric Luedtke.
The calls came in all week long! On March 15, the MSEA legislative hotline hit its highest daily total of calls since 2012.
I called Robert Cassilly and left my message with the very nice receptionist. pic.twitter.com/Pz7S2BTSkP— Ms. Gaddy (@HisGaddystory) March 14, 2017
The outpouring of emails ran the gamut from calling on legislators to pass the Protect Our Schools Act, stop Governor Hogan’s vouchers plan, and pass the Less Testing, More Learning Act.
.@DelegateAJones: Schools & students are counting on you. Please support the Protect Our Schools Act (HB 978/SB 871). #protectMDschools— Annette C. Welling (@acwelling) March 17, 2017
And while our Wear Red for Public Ed day on Tuesday got snowed out, educators were still shoveling and bundled up in their red.
Some even started early!
There was some real payoff to all that activism, too. Here’s what happened last week:
This is major progress — and the power of organized educators speaking with one voice on behalf of our public schools and students.
But we’re not there yet. Governor Hogan may veto the Protect Our Schools Act, making it all the more important that we pass it quickly so the General Assembly has time to override his veto. Click here to email your legislators or call them at 1–888–520–6732.