BRUNSWICK, ME – The Angus King for U.S. Senate campaign today announced the Maine Education Association’s (MEA) endorsement of Senator King’s re-election to the U.S. Senate. The MEA, the state affiliate of the National Education Association, is the largest organization for Maine teachers in the state.
“Maine teachers represent the very best of our communities. They care deeply for the children they teach, and work hard – often breaking into their own budgets – to make sure their students have everything they need to learn,” Senator King said. “And in today’s environment, they do so much more than teach. They are parents, social workers, psychologists, and teachers all wrapped into one, working to help the next generation of children not only learn, but grow and thrive.
“As the proud product of public schools, I’ve made education issues a top priority in the Senate. I’ve stood with teachers who struggled under the many requirements of No Child Left Behind, and I’ve advocated for rural Maine kids who don’t have access to broadband. But there’s much more to do. That’s why I’m so grateful for the MEA’s support. I will continue to work day-in and day-out so that educators get the resources they need to do their job and to help Maine children succeed.”
“The Maine Education Association recognizes the importance of having leaders who support public education,” said Maine Education Association President Lois Kilby-Chesley. “That’s why the MEA Board of Directors endorsed Senator Angus King for re-election. Senator King has worked for public education in innumerable ways in the past six years in Washington. As a result of consistently standing with educators he has earned the gratitude and support of the Maine Education Association.”
Throughout his time in public office, Senator King has been an advocate for educators and students. He supported the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a major education reform bill that rolled back some of the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind, giving teachers and localities more flexibility to tailor their curriculum for their students. In the ESSA, he also secured a measure to establish a flexible funding grant to help schools develop education technology initiatives to support after school internet access. Senator King also secured a provision that establishes a pilot program to give states like Maine greater flexibility to develop and test proficiency-based learning requirements in lieu of federal tests. As governor, he launched the first-of-its-kind Maine Learning Technology initiative, which provided every seventh and eighth grade student in Maine with a laptop.
In May, Senator King was honored with the MEA’s “Friend of Education” Award during the organization’s 90th annual meeting in South Portland. The award recognizes a person in elected or appointed public office who is making a significant contribution to public education.
The Maine Education Association is the largest unified professional organization in the state, representing over 24,000 public school educators.
Earlier this month, End Citizens United also outlined its support for Senator King’s re-election campaign to the U.S. Senate.