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Educators Celebrate Big Wins for Students and Families in Maryland

WASHINGTON - November 06, 2012 -

Following is a statement by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on two big wins for families in Maryland with the passing of Question 4 implementing the Maryland Dream Act  and Question 6 regarding marriage equality.

"At a time of increasing class sizes, inadequate school resources, and attacks on public schools nationally, voters made clear that they want to do more to help Maryland’s children. They were the big winners with the passage of  Ballot Questions 4 and 6.  The Maryland Dream Act gives more students the opportunity to attend college, increase their lifelong earning potential and improve the quality of life for their families and themselves. Likewise, by ensuring that ALL families have equal rights, Maryland’s families will be stronger and we know that strong families help our kids achieve in the classroom.. We applaud Maryland for making the right choices at the ballot box,” said Van Roekel.

Why Are Educators Involved in Elections?

NEA members' top priority is ensuring that every student has access to a quality public school. That responsibility extends beyond the classroom, and means speaking up about decisions that take place outside of school yet affect their ability to educate their students. Local, state, and national politics have a direct impact on the quality of our public schools; speaking up for students requires speaking up in the political process.

Facts on NEA in Maryland

  • There are 70,000  NEA members throughout the state of Maryland.
  • NEA supported Senator Ben Cardin, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Elijah Cummings, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Facts on NEA's Election Activity Nationally

  • One out of every 100 Americans is an NEA member. 
  • In 2008, 1 in every 50 votes cast came from an NEA member. One in every 34 votes cast came from an NEA household.
  • Our members live in every state, in every Congressional district, and in every precinct.
  • Nearly 500,000 NEA members signed up in some way to be involved in the Obama For America campaign, including direct action such as phone banking, canvassing and conducting voter registration.
  • NEA was the first union to move to endorse President Obama for a second term.  We did so in 2011, meaning we could gear up and start educating and organizing our members.
  • Educators are highly reliable voters.  On average, NEA members turn out 15% higher than the general public in Presidential elections.
  • When it comes to political action, NEA members are involved. Almost half a million educators, NEA members, have been involved in some way in the presidential election.  
  • The vast majority of teachers are women. In fact, 74 percent of NEA members are women-a critical constituency in Decision 2012.
  • NEA has produced several ads that have been seen by more than 13 million people.

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