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More Teachers Than Ever Before Are Running for Public Office

There’s a teacher competing for roughly one out of every four statehouse seats.

November 05, 2018 - 3:49 pm
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There's a businessman in the White House and seemingly more and more political offices are being filled with non-career politicians. There could be even more after Tuesday's elections. 

According to the National Education Association, 1,455 educators are running in 6,066 state legislative races--meaning there’s a teacher competing for roughly one out of every four statehouse seats.

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USA Today reports these teacher-candidates are seeking to reverse recent salary and budget cuts, as well as a perceived dilution of the importance of education in the national discourse.

“Truth, facts, science–those matter,” says Chrissy Houlahan, who’s running in Pennsylvania. “If we don’t educate, we’re going to continue to be a divided nation.”

One of the most prominent races this year is in Connecticut, including the 2016 national teacher of the year, Jahana Hayes possibly headed to U.S. Congress. 

Keep up with our local elections and the big national races on our Missouri and Illinois voter guide.