A Message from Lori Brennan, MPE President
Making a Difference
This year has already been a whirlwind and it’s just getting started! With the legislative session ending shortly before our symposium, most educators in the state were upset with some things that came out of this year’s session. My vision for this year is for MPE to continue to be a strong advocate for education, but more importantly, for teachers to become strong advocates for themselves and make a difference at the polls!
There have been talks of protests and walkouts in the last couple of weeks. Mississippi state law prohibits walkouts and prohibits organizations such as MPE in supporting such. I do not believe a strike or a walkout is the best way to advocate for our profession. Most of us can say that we became teachers to make a difference in students’ lives. We cannot do that if we are not in the classroom. However, we can show them how to stand up for themselves as we do the same. We can make more of a difference by educating ourselves before we head into the election in November. We can make a difference if we continue to have the difficult conversations with our legislators where we express our opinions respectfully. We can make a difference by continuing to prove to legislators that our students can be successful in spite of a lack of funding. None of us began this career to become wealthy. I am very grateful for the small raise, although I know that we are worth so much more. I appreciate that many legislators have begun to take note of our challenges in public education in the state of Mississippi.
This year I ask that all of you continue to share your passion with your students and with others. We need to continue the fight FOR public education in the state and we need to make certain that our profession is recognized, respected, and hopefully, rewarded. I ask that each one of you do as you tell your students—do your research and educate yourself and others on all things affecting education. We are stronger together and with the right insight, we are the largest voice in the state. We need to stick together and continue to build our profession. We are facing a shortage due to a number of reasons, but mainly because many do not want to deal with the lack of resources and lack of compensation for what we do. We can show those in our classrooms that this profession is the BEST profession in spite of those issues.
We will continue to be #BlueForMSTeachers and I will definitely #voteyourteachervoice this year. We can make a difference—that part’s easy because we do it every day!