The MEA Fund In Support Of Public Education
Support And Strengthen The Commitment From Mainers Who Are Invested In Creating Excellent Public Schools For Our Children.
The average starting teacher salary in Maine in comparison to the average starting salary for the New England region is $7,317 less. For some perspective—as a region, the number of school districts with starting salaries above $40,000 in New England is 502. Maine has just four. The Maine Education Association is working to right the ship, and change state law to increase the starting teacher salary to $40,000.
MEA staff members ensure your contractual and legal rights are protected through grievances and legal representation services. Paid expert legal services are provided only to members. This benefit is one you can’t afford to do without. You need the legal safety net that comes with membership in the Maine Education Association. Here is how you are protected:
- Staff assistance and access to legal consultation if you are injured in the course of your work or need a leave of absence for health or personal reasons
- Legal assistance if you face a dismissal for cause hearing
- Legal representation if an allegation of abuse or inappropriate conduct with a student is filed against you and an investigation is launched by a state agency
- Legal representation if you are accused of committing a crime for an act you performed related to your school duties
- Liability insurance coverage for attorney fees and costs if you are acquitted of a criminal charge or if those charges are dismissed
- Liability insurance coverage to pay for the defense of civil suits brought against you for acts performed related to your work and to cover damages assessed against you in such suits
- The Attorney Referral Program, which offers discounts for legal representation in matters not related to your school employment, such as wills, real estate and traffic court matters
Our legislative program lobbies the Maine Legislature and Congress for school funding, education laws that make sense, and licensure requirements that meet the needs of the profession. Lawmakers need to hear from the experts in our schools. Your educator voice matters, and when you can’t be there, MEA leadership and staff are present ensuring lawmakers understand the impact of proposed policies on your work and on the lives of your students.
- 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
- 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 good will 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.
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