With election season in full swing, teachers are working to get out the vote—particularly in close races where the future of public education is at stake.
At Tuesday’s Fairfield County Forum in Bridgeport, that’s exactly what CEA members did.
Darien teacher and NEA Director Katy Gale (pictured at right with Bridgeport educators Ana Batista and Delphina Pinto) distributed a stack of postcards, designed by NEA members around the country, encouraging voters to get to the polls and elect candidates who stand with educators.
The postage-paid cards were addressed to NEA-member teachers, school counselors, social workers, paraeducators, and other school staff residing in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, where election outcomes could have a major impact on the direction public education takes.
“We are fortunate in Connecticut to have strong representation at the state and national levels, with elected officials who really listen to us and respect our ideas and expertise,” said Gale. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere, and that’s why it’s so important to get out and vote for candidates who will invest in public education—and encourage our colleagues to do the same. Every vote matters.”
You can help too.
Voters who receive personalized postcards are more likely to turn up at the polls. Click here to send a digital postcard to friends and colleagues personalized with your own message.