As shown by the recent statewide teacher walkouts and protests—several of which have resulted in higher pay and more school funding—teachers are feeling a wave of political empowerment. And some teachers are taking their activism a step further and running for state office.
In fact, the number of teacher-candidates for governorships and roles in state legislatures is growing by the day in states like Oklahoma, Arizona, and West Virginia. In West Virginia, some teacher-candidates have already won their primaries for state house and senate seats, according to the American Federation of Teachers.
Education Week wants to know more about these teacher-candidates—who and where they are, and why they’re running.
If you are a current K-12 classroom teacher who is running for governor or state office, or if you know of someone who fits this description, please fill out the form below. An Education Week reporter may contact you to follow up.
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.