“It’s a new day for nurses and patients across Maine,” Cokie Giles, president of the Maine State Nurses Association, said in a statement. “I am thrilled for my colleagues at Maine Med, for their resolve to win a collective voice for their patients and their community. And I look forward to working with you for the future of high-quality patient care for all Maine residents.”

Cokie Giles, President of the Maine State Nurses Association said in a statement.

Press Herald article, after nurses voted to form a union

“During this Teacher Appreciation Week I would like to show appreciation for ALL of our educators in ALL of their roles. An educator that influenced me was Senorita Fewkes. She was the most energetic, most enthusiastic, and most dedicated teacher you could have ever imagined.”

Grace Leavitt, MEA President

“The Maine Education Association generally is not in favor of curriculum mandates being passed by the legislature and especially if they are imposed without the resources, most particularly time, that would be needed in order to add them to what is already required. LD 1664, however, is different. The proposal seeks for an integration of African American studies into the already existing curriculum. The topic that LD 1664 seeks to integrate into current American history is one that has been overlooked or only superficially treated, if at all, in too many cases, not only leaving real gaps in students’ understanding of the history of our country, but possibly actually painting an inaccurate portrayal of many aspects of the history of the United States.”

Testimony in front of the Education Committee from Grace Leavitt, MEA President

“It isn’t only an issue of fairness or even of affordability…Having access to menstrual products can help to positively impact a girl’s confidence and thus even affect her future.”

Grace Leavitt, MEA President. Testimony on bill, as printed in Sun Journal article, on whether school districts should be required to provide free menstrual products to students


Average public school teacher salary in Maine in the 2019-20 school year, according to NEA’s Rankings and Estimates data


Public school total Fall enrollment in Maine, which is a decrease of 4.46% from 2019 to 2020, according to NEA’s Rankings and Estimates data. The decrease in enrollment in Maine was the fourth highest in the nation, only behind New Hampshire (4.71%), the District of Columbia (4.9%), Mississippi (5%) and Vermont (5.26%), according to the same data. On average, public schools lost 2.4% of their students over the 2019-2020 academic year.