Since educators are public employees, much of what we negotiate at the bargaining table can be taken away by the county council or state legislature. Virtually every decision made in education affecting you, i.e., salary, curriculum, class size, health benefits, certification requirements, books, supplies, retirement benefits, etc., are made by elected officials. To protect our interests, we need to elect those politicians who have a “sense of fair play” and an understanding of educators and education. Every profession involves itself in politics to protect its interests. Doctors have the American Medical Association to lobby for their interests. Lawyers have the Trial Lawyers Association which serves a similar function. Businesses have local Chamber of Commerce organizations which promote candidates who support their business interests. And, since the interests of others may run counter to those of us in public education, it is imperative that we fully participate in that process for the sake of our students as well as our personal interests as educators. We encourage you to go to our elections page where you can learn more about our candidate recommendation process and how to get involved with supporting and electing pro-public education candidates to office. But political action is not just about elections. Year round, educators need to be involved in the political process to advocate for the best interests of our schools, our students, and our members. Whether it’s lobbying for increased school funding or just generally educating elected officials about the needs of public education, political action is an ongoing process. Get updated information about the work of the Maryland General Assembly while it’s in session each year. This site allows you to find and contact your legislator as well as track the progress of specific bills. Committee information, hearing schedules, and other information about the General Assembly may be found here as well.

Click here for a one-page summary of Prince George’s County’s elected officials