Who is the Mississippi teachers union endorsing?

By Aaron Rice
October 24, 2019

The Mississippi Association of Educators, one of the state’s teachers unions, has made various endorsements of statewide and legislative candidates.

They endorsed Jim Hood, Jay Hughes, Johnny Dupree, and Jennifer Riley-Collins; the Democratic nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general.

They made numerous legislative endorsements earlier this year. Here is a review of endorsements among those who have general election opponents. 

SD5Steve EatonDemocrat
SD9Kevin FryeDemocrat
SD10Andre DeBerryDemocrat
HD3Janis PattersonDemocrat
HD12Tiffany KilpatrickDemocrat
HD15Pat MontgomeryDemocrat
HD22Jon LancasterDemocrat
HD28Jerry DarnellRepublican
HD64Shanda YatesDemocrat
HD75Tom MilesDemocrat
HD122Wendy McDonaldDemocrat

MAE is relatively small in Mississippi, with less than 5,000 members and no collective bargaining rights. But they are part of the larger National Education Association, who is no stranger to delving into virtually every left-wing political issue.

At their recent convention, NAE affirmed a new business item that reads:

“The NEA will include an assertion of our defense of a person’s right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people. The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.”

This is a sharp change from prior years when they attempted to walk more of a middle ground on abotion, saying they support “reproduction freedom,” not abortion, while bragging about not spending money in regards to pro-abortion legal services.

As we have seen with the left, abortion has moved from “safe, legal, and rare,” to legal until the moment of birth and funded by taxpayers. And if you disagree with that you are evil, anti-woman, and essentially support violence against women. 

But the bigger question is, is it necessary for the NEA, or its affiliates, to take a position on abortion? NEA is certainly a left-wing organization, that has never been in doubt. But, what does abortion have to do with education or teachers? 

One might presume a rejected item that calls for a renewed emphasis on quality education would be more in line with the NEA. That read:

“The National Education Association will re-dedicate itself to the pursuit of increased student learning in every public school in America by putting a renewed emphasis on quality education. NEA will make student learning the priority of the Association. NEA will not waiver in its commitment to student learning by adopting the following lens through which we will assess every NEA program and initiative: How does the proposed action promote the development of students as lifelong reflective learners?”

But, alas, the union rejected those ideas. 


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