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Congressman Anthony Brown: Educators Should Be Listened To, Not Scapegoated And Threatened

Instead of listening to hardworking educators putting in the work and expressing concerns over safety, Governor Hogan has not met with MSEA throughout the course of his administration.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday evening, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), joined Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA) President Cheryl Bost in a virtual conversation on the future of education under President Joe Biden and Governor Hogan’s latest attacks on state educators.

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan said that he wants students back in the classroom by March 1. Governor Hogan has since threatened educators who push back on this arbitrary deadline. MSEA has argued that the state has not adequately implemented school safety measures nor successfully vaccinated teachers. Instead of listening to hardworking educators putting in the work and expressing concerns over safety, Governor Hogan has not met with MSEA throughout the course of his administration.

“Educators should be listened to as reopening plans are developed, not scapegoated or threatened. Educators have worked hard throughout this pandemic - many are in the classroom notwithstanding the risk and so many have made the pivot to distance learning,” said Congressman Brown during a Facebook Live with MSEA. “They do that to give students a quality education. Governor Hogan and our state superintendent have unfairly and inaccurately painted educators as opponents and hostile, when [they] are heroes on the frontlines getting it done.”

Among states, Maryland ranks 46th according to CDC data and 39th per state health department data in the percentage of doses administered compared to the number of doses the state has received. 

You can watch the full virtual discussion with MSEA: here

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