Engaging in the political process helps ensure that elected officials will be accessible to us and give us every opportunity to present our perspective on the issues. Our recommendation process is designed to identify candidates who are authentically supportive of public education and educators. Thus, it is much more likely that they will vote to support education as a matter of personal values.
During election season PGCEA is very involved in the races for the Board of Education, County Council, County Executive, Comptroller and Governor, as well as municipal races. The PGCEA Endorsement Committee oversees the endorsement process. The committee’s goal is to ensure candidates who have the best comprehensive vision and plan for improving PGCPS are put in a position to be successful.
PGCEA sends an endorsement questionnaire to all candidates who file for election to express their views on issues significant to the work of educators. The questionnaire is made available to the PGCEA Endorsement Committee.
After a candidates questionnaire is received an interview is set up with the PGCEA Endorsement Committee. Interviews are conducted by rank and file teachers using a uniform set of questions all candidates answer.
The PGCEA Endorsement Committee uses the questionnaires and the interviews to determine which candidates best align with PGCEA’s values. They recommend a candidate to the Board of Directors and the Representative Council for an endorsement vote.