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3 educator-supported ballot measures that won big

Elections aren’t just about candidates, and voters across the country weighed in on educator-supported ballot measures last week. While voters in five different states approved education funding increases, others passed clean election laws, redistricting initiatives, limits on lobbying, and more.

Three of those educator-approved wins are highlighted below.

Maryland – Question 1 – Dedicate gaming revenue to education

Voters in Maryland overwhelmingly supported Question 1, which dedicates casino revenues to increase school funding. In fact, the measure garnered more votes than any other question or candidate on the ballot.

From the Maryland State Education Association:

The results of Election Day demonstrated that a resounding number of Marylanders want to see increased funding for public schools, with Question 1 winning 89% of the vote and earning more votes than any other candidate or measure on the entire ballot. The passage of Question 1 means that Maryland’s Constitution will be amended so that casino revenues will finally go to increasing school funding.

“Educators are thrilled that such an overwhelming number of Marylanders voted for increased funding for our public schools,” said Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost. “The $500 million annually that Question 1 will add is the first step to closing the $2.9 billion annual funding gap that negatively impacts students, educators, and schools across the state. Keeping the promise on casino revenues was the easy part. To meet the commitments our students and schools deserve will take the continued support and activism of Marylanders to make sure that the Governor and legislature permanently closes this gap when the General Assembly convenes in January.”

Montana – LR-128 – Higher Education Levy

Every 10 years, Montanans vote to renew a statewide 6-mill levy. The levy provides approximately $20 million per year in funding to the Montana University System, where the Montana Federation of Public Employees represents more than 1,600 faculty members.

This year, the levy passed with over 60% of the vote and will support 40,000 students.

Missouri – Amendment 1 – Lobbying, campaign finance, redistricting

Missouri voters overwhelmingly passed the “Clean Missouri” ballot measure. The measure is positioned to clean up Missouri’s political system, long-plagued by ethics corruption, and create a fair representation system. The passed ballot measure imposes contribution limits, bans revolving-door lobbying and lobbyist gifts, and imposes redistricting reform. The Missouri-NEA was an early leader and driving force for the state-level coalition that worked to get the initiative on the ballot.

 

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