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Be a voter for public education

Public education shouldn’t be at the mercy of politics. But the reality is, elected officials are constantly weighing policies on testing, standards and funding that affect our schools, children and educators every day.

That’s why your union supports electing pro-public education candidates to local school boards, the Minnesota Legislature and in Washington, D.C.

Elections matter, and educator voices need to be heard at the polls.

What does politics have to do with my classroom?

Public education shouldn’t be at the mercy of politics. But the reality is, elected officials are constantly weighing policies on testing, standards and funding that affect our schools, children and educators every day.

That’s why your union supports electing pro-public education candidates to local school boards, the Minnesota Legislature and in Washington, D.C.

Elections matter, and educator voices need to be heard at the polls.

Get involved

Our 2022 campaign is officially under way!

There is A LOT at stake this fall. All of the following offices are up for election:

  • Governor
  • Attorney general
  • State auditor
  • Secretary of state
  • All state House and Senate seats
  • U.S. House and Senate seats
  • Many local races

Through our democracy, and especially our union, we have the collective power to vote for public education in 2022 so we can keep our collective bargaining rights, win full funding for our schools and much more.

But we need educators like you at the forefront of a statewide movement for generational change — both in our workplaces and our communities.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Our ground-breaking worksite action leader program was a key piece of our successful 2018 campaign, with members taking the lead on sharing voting information at their worksites and in their locals.

Become a GOTV leader for your local in 2022! Applications are now open!

  • Assist the local union in building capacity to exercise political power.
  • Lead 2022 worksite action leaders in implementing the campaign plan at targeted worksites.
  • Coordinate local union efforts with the statewide Education Minnesota campaign.

2022 GOTV leaders are eligible to receive a $1,200 stipend for their work between February and November.

Join our 2022 campaign and help us win generational change for our students by volunteering to become a Worksite Action Leader in your building.

Requirements/job description:

  • Attend a virtual 90-minute Worksite Action Leader training sometime between March 4 and April 23.
  • Host non-partisan voter engagement activities in your building between Spring 2022 and Election Day. (One activity in April/May, one activity in September, one activity in October/November).
  • Share non-partisan voter education materials about the candidates with members in your building.
  • Conduct one-on-one conversations with targeted voters in your building.
  • Stay in contact with your local union’s GOTV leader and your assigned political organizer.

Visit our campaign site edmnvotes.org for graphics and videos about voting and education issues like full funding and worker freedoms for sharing on social media and within your community.

State and federal endorsements

Visit our campaign website for a full list of endorsements for federal and state offices, as well as local school board races.

Local elections

Local elections have a major impact on our communities—especially our public schools and the education profession.

Education Minnesota can help your local create a campaign plan to win your levy or school board election this fall and in the future.

In 2018, 23 of the 32 local levies which Education Minnesota helped with passed.

Political Action Committee

The Education Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) is a group of educators from across the state who guide our union’s political and election programs. It is not affiliated with any political party.

The PAC was formed to create political power for educators.

Minnesota voter information

League of Women Voters

Minnesota DFL Party

Green Party of Minnesota

Independence-Alliance Party of Minnesota

Minnesota Republican Party

Libertarian Party of Minnesota