This week, the National Education Association recommended Congressman David Trone’s candidacy for the United States Senate in Maryland, following the recommendation of the Maryland State Education Association, whose members voted to support Trone at their annual convention in Ocean City, Maryland, on October 21st.
The National Education Association represents 3 million members nationwide. Its Maryland affiliate, the Maryland State Education Association, represents 75,000 educators in school systems and classrooms throughout Maryland and is the largest labor union in the state.
The NEA, MSEA, and their members have a long history of running impactful voter contact and education programs, communicating with millions of Maryland families, and playing a decisive role in some of the most consequential elections in our state.
The NEA joins more than 111 elected officials from across Maryland and the nation who have endorsed Trone, and is the latest sign of the Trone campaign’s growing momentum across Maryland.
Statement from NEA President Becky Pringle:
“David Trone is a proven champion for America’s students and Maryland’s working families. Trone knows how critical it is to ensure that every student – no matter their race, place, or background – has access to quality public schools. In a time when some extreme politicians are focused on banning books and taking away learning opportunities for students, David Trone has partnered with parents and educators to ensure students can get the one-on-one support they need, keep students and educators safe from gun violence, expand school-based mental health programs, and address educator shortages. In the Senate, David Trone will continue helping level the playing field for working families, which is why the National Education Association is proud to recommend his candidacy.”
Statement from MSEA President Cheryl Bost:
“Our members were proud to strongly support recommending David Trone for the United States Senate because he has continually demonstrated his commitment to being an ally and champion for Maryland students, educators, and schools. David Trone is willing to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work to deliver for our educators, but most importantly, he’s ready and willing to hear our concerns and take action to help us at a moment’s notice. We know we never have to wonder where we stand with David Trone because he’s always standing with us.
Make no mistake: the culture wars brewing nationwide have already hit Maryland. At a time when our educators are under attack and extreme voices are fighting to ban books in our classrooms, David Trone is dedicated to fighting back and protecting our ability to give every child in Maryland a world-class education.
We’re excited to recommend David Trone for the United States Senate. We look forward to engaging with parents and voters across the state about the importance of this election and electing David Trone to the United States Senate.
Statement from David Trone:
“I couldn’t be more honored to receive the recommendation of the hard-working members of the National Education Association. As the child of a public school teacher, I’ve seen the sacrifices that our educators make firsthand, and I understand the passion and commitment that they bring to educating a new generation of Americans and empowering them to live their dreams.
Maryland educators and families deserve a Senator who will fight for them. In the Senate, I’ll work to expand federal investments in everything from school construction to special education programs. I’ll fight to increase per-pupil funding, expand mental health support programs in our schools, and give our school districts the resources to hire, train, and retain talented educators and support staff.
We also need a Senator who understands the mental health challenges facing our students and our educators. In the House, I’ve fought to bring $3 billion in funding for mental health support and educational support personnel to give our students the resources they need to thrive and to give our educators that backup they need to focus on classroom instruction. In the Senate, I’ll continue to fight to fund mental health support programs for our educators themselves, and to ensure that the federal government fully funds its share of special education funding.
I will also work to guarantee that every Marylander benefits from the investments we make in building the greatest schools in the country by protecting project labor agreements that keep workers safe and provide great wages and industry-leading benefits. PLA’s are a vital tool for guaranteeing workers’ rights while promoting the highest possible construction standards.
I thank the National Education Association and the remarkable educators they represent for their support and recommendation of the United States Senate. The stakes of this election couldn’t be higher for our educators, our students, and our communities, and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a champion for Maryland educators on the campaign trail and in the United States Senate.”