Education Champions – Election Results

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Throughout the evening and night, Education Votes will be tracking election results and updating this space with profiles of some of our Education Champions. Check back throughout the evening for the latest updates.

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Governor Martin O’Malley

Election Result: 55.8% – 42.3% (100% reporting)

State: Maryland

  • Worked with both parties in the state legislature to make record investments in education in each of the last three years and freeze tuition in colleges and universities for four years.
  • Maintained the state’s commitment to the policies and priorities that led to Maryland being recognized by Education Week magazine as having America’s best public schools two years running.
  • Won the 2010 America’s Greatest Education Governor Award from the National Education Association.

U.S. Representative Betty Sutton

Election Result: 55.5%-44.5% (100% reporting)

State: Ohio, Congressional District 13

NEA Legislative Report Grade: A

  • Big supporter of organized labor and collective bargaining rights.
  • Voted for historic increases in education funding and school modernization and construction.  Sutton supported vital legislation that protected thousands of educators’ jobs in Ohio, re-hire teachers, and give students the resources they need to succeed. This is especially important in these difficult economic times.
  • Co-sponsored legislation to amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions (GPO/WEP) which penalizes the retirement benefits of educators in certain states.

Governor Deval Patrick

Election Result: 48.4% – 42.1% (100% reporting)

State: Massachusetts

  • As his first act in office, restored $92 million in cuts to education, including funds for higher education, early childhood education, full-day kindergarten and retroactive salary increases for public higher education faculty.
  • Successfully intervened with the Obama administration and Congress for emergency funding to avert a nationwide teacher layoff crisis.  Congress approved the funding and saved or created more than 160,000 education jobs, including more than 2,000 in Massachusetts.
  • Pursued policies that led this year ‘• for the first time ever ‘• to more than half of the state’s seventh- and eighth-graders scoring proficient or higher in math.

U.S. Representative Joe Courtney

Election Result: 59.9%-38.7% (100% reporting)

State: Connecticut, Congressional District 2

NEA Legislative Report Grade: A

  • Voted to approve funding to prevent hundreds of thousands of education-related layoffs including 700 education positions in Connecticut.  Without this money, public school students nationwide would have been forced into larger class sizes and shorter school weeks and faced the elimination of subjects such as art, music, and foreign languages.
  • A leading advocate for special education funding, improving school nutrition programs and a key sponsor of the ‘Troops to Teachers‘ program which provides retiring veterans with stipends to cover the cost of earning a teaching certificate in exchange for three years service in a high-need school.
  • Led the fight to protect employee health plans from an excise tax that would have forced workers to pay in the form of reduced wages, higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and lower benefits.

U.S. Representative Tim Walz

Election Result: 49.4% – 44.1% (100% reporting)

State: Minnesota, Congressional District 1

NEA Legislative Report Card: A

  • Introduced legislation to the expand coverage of and make permanent the $2,500 teacher tax deduction for classroom supplies.
  • Voted for the bill to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover an additional 4 million uninsured children.  The bill was later signed into law.
  • Voted for a bill that restored funding $1.5 billion in funding for Title I and increased funding for Pell Grants, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, Head Start and other important education programs that serve hundreds of thousands of students.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Election Result: 51.9% – 42.6% (100% reporting)

State: California

NEA Legislative Report Card: A

  • Voted in August for legislation that will save the jobs of as many as 16,500 teachers and other educators jobs In California.  The jobs language in the bill was based on legislation that Boxer cosponsored to help save the jobs of more than 160,000 educators nationwide.
  • Led, along with a Republican colleague, the push for the first successful vote on federal legislation dealing specifically with after-school funding.  Before her bill, after-school programs received no federal funding.  The program now serves 3.5 million children.
  • Sponsored an amendment passed unanimously in 2007 to increase Upward Bound funding, which helps more than 72,000 high school students from low-income families prepare for college entrance through tutoring, counseling, mentoring and other services.

U.S. Senator Harry Reid

Election Result: 50.2% – 44.6% (100% reporting)

State: Nevada

Office: Senate Majority Leader

NEA Legislative Report Grade: A

  • Created and implemented the Senate strategy to pass a bill designed to save the jobs of 161,000 educators, prevent class sizes from ballooning, and avoid the elimination of subjects such as arts, music and languages, all while reducing the national deficit.
  • Led the charge in the Senate in 2009 to pass the largest funding increase ever for public education, saving or creating more than 300,000 education jobs, including those of education support professionals.
  • Criticized the U.S. Education Department’s proposal to continue No Child Left Behind’s overemphasis on testing and its sanction of punishing troubled schools by firing entire staffs.

U.S. Representative Dave Reichert

Election Result: 52.8%-47.2% (97.6% reporting)

State: Washington, Congressional District 8

NEA Legislative Report Grade: A

  • Co-sponsored legislation to direct the Secretary of Education to establish and administer an awards program recognizing excellence exhibited by public school system employees providing services to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education.
  • Helped lead the Republican co-sponsor of NEA endorsed legislation known as Education for All Act.  The bill would improve universal access to basic education.
  • Co-signed ‘Dear colleague’ letter to Appropriations Committee leaders urging significant increase in fiscal 2010 IDEA funding to avoid post ‘“ ARRA drop off. One of just 4 Republicans to do so.

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop

Election Result: 51.0%-49.0% (100% reporting)

State: New York, Congressional District 1

NEA Legislative Report Grade: A

  • Voted for historic increases in education funding and school modernization and construction.
  • Supported vital legislation that protected thousands of educators’ jobs in New York, re-hire teachers, and give students the resources they need to succeed. This is especially important in these difficult economic times.
  • Also Co-signed a ‘Dear colleague’ letter to Approps Chair David Obey supporting the proposed $23 billion in education jobs funding for fiscal year 2010.
  • Supported legislation to fund construction of environmentally friendly facilities in schools to give students not only a healthier school environment but sustainability skills and training for clean energy jobs. In addition, this legislation provided critical investments needed to bring our public schools into the 21st century, while helping local economies.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Election Result: 51.9% – 48.1% (95.1% reporting)

State: Washington

NEA Legislative Report Card: A

  • One of four senators to offer an amendment this year to save the jobs of 161,000 educators across the country.  The amendment, which was signed into law, will reduce the national debt by $1.4 billion.
  • Led the charge last year against an amendment that would have stripped $100 million from professional development for teachers and put it into a merit pay fund.
  • Successfully sponsored a bill to help schools hire new, qualified teachers to reduce class size.

U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva

Election Result: 49.4% – 45.0% (100% reporting)

State: Arizona, Congressional District 7

NEA Legislative Report Card: A

  • Has voted consistently against private school vouchers, including an amendment that would have permitted public funding of private and religious early childhood programs.
  • Was the lead sponsor of Success in the Middle Act, which focuses needed resources on high-need middle schools by providing financial and intensive intervention.  Said Grijalva: ‘Middle school students are faced with many changes in their personal life and the pressures of adjusting into teenagers. Our schools need to invest in this transitional period, to create the support mechanism these students will need to continue through high school and on to other higher education opportunities.’
  • Wrote and circulated a sign-on letter with two other members of Congress opposing any cuts to Social Security benefits and raising the retirement age.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Election Result: More than 10,000 votes ahead of closest challenger

State: Alaska

NEA Legislative Report Grade: A

  • Co-sponsored legislation to amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions (GPO/WEP) which penalizes the retirement benefits of educators in certain states.
  • During ESEA testimony in March by Ed Sec. Arne Duncan, Murkowski urged the importance of fixing NCLB to not hurt rural schools.  She also emphasized that Administration’s school turnaround strategies that focused on firing teachers weren’t practical in rural areas
  • Murkowski helped introduced dropout prevention legislation, after seeing NEA respond to how to curb the nation’s dropout crisis.

Reader Comments

  1. I was a champion but can’t afford to continue. My salary has been cut to the bone and I am sole support so I will be leaving the teaching profession. The state of Az does not want teachers. They have put anti-education specialist in the Governor’s office in the legislature and even in the superintendent of schools. This is the end of the future for education and dedicated educators. I QUIT! Any one have a job for an ex-teacher.

    1. Wow — Patty — you took the words out of my mouth except change the state to Kentucky – -education is a sad state of affairs in this country – -good luck to you — maybe disillusioned teachers should start their own education system – – one that is truly about students — not test scores and political agendas – funding ?? anyone ?? anyone??

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