The average starting teacher salary in Maine is now $40,000 thanks to the work of the MEA and its members. For too many years the starting salary was just $30,000-$7,317 less than the starting salary for the New England region. The work of the Maine Education Association righted the ship and benefited members across the state.
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For more information regarding this issue, read the Maine Educator: Salary Issue
Our legislative program lobbies the Maine Legislature and Congress for school funding, education laws that make sense and more. Lawmakers need to hear from the experts in our schools and when you can’t be there MEA leadership and staff ensure lawmakers understand the impact of proposed policies on your work and on your students.
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Because of MEA’s presence, in the last few years, some of the success include:
- Hundreds of Millions more in education funding
- Elimination of the testing mandate tied to teacher evaluations
- Changes to the Rules of Restraint and Seclusion to make them manageable/realistic for educators
Why is the MEA involved in politics? Why should educators worry about who gets elected? Here are three good answers:
- Protection of public schools is a fundamental task of the Association. With repeated political attacks on our schools at the state and national level, educators must defend their programs and MEA has led the way in proclaiming the success of Maine schools and defeating attempts to displace public schools as the cornerstone of our democracy.
- Funding for K-12 schools, the University of Maine, and Technical College Systems is largely dependent upon the goodwill of state legislators. The health and prosperity of your program, salary, and benefits is directly tied to votes on school funding. MEA is a strong proponent for more funding and is often the only voice for student needs.
- What you teach and how you do your job is the result of political decisions. If MEA isn’t involved, decisions about school curricula, teaching methodologies, student assessment, and graduation requirements will be made without regard for educator interests.
MEA works to ensure our educators have the tools they need to support a diverse student population.
This online toolkit provides an introduction to be multiple facets of diversity.
Supporting English Language Learners
Research-based and classroom-focused instructional and advocacy strategies to help educators.
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Latest social justice updates from around the nation.
Interested in issues that impact our students and schools?
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Submit Your Testimony on Key Issues
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This is your chance to use your voice and talk about the issues that matter to your students and schools. Lawmakers need to hear from educators as they debate key legislation that impacts the profession. The Maine Education Association always wants to help you make your voices heard, and the Association has made it easier than ever with our new video testimony application!
Submitting video testimony on issues that matter to our work and students is simple-just follow the instructions below!
What to Include in Your Testimony
- State your name, where you work, what you do
- Talk about why you’re speaking on the issue
- Keep it brief, no more than two minutes
Follow These Steps
- Click the submit here button below
- Type in your email
- Click transfer
Connecting educators to those who make decisions about education is a continued effort of the Maine Education Association. During MEA’s #RedForEd days in Augusta, members meet with both the Commissioner of Education, staff at the Maine Department of Education and lawmakers, all who have the power to impact education in our public schools.
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