NEA Touts #RedForEd Blue Wave, “550 Educators On The Ballot”

#RedForEd leader Noah Karvelis joins NEA leaders at Harvard.

On September 11, the National Education Association sent out a press release touting its anticipated success in turning the country “blue.”

For months, conservatives have been accused of pushing conspiracy theories when they have suggested that the #Redfored movement in Arizona was part of a national plan by the Democratic Party.

Teachers joined the #RedForEd movement and walked out of Arizona classrooms as part of what many of them believed was a local effort to raise teacher pay; not part of a national strategy to advance progressive candidates.


NEA: With more than 550 educators on the ballot, a #RedForEd wave is poised to make a big splash in November
Posted September 11th, 2018 for National Education Association

Three gubernatorial candidates and a National Teacher of the Year are among educators seeking office

WASHINGTON – September 11, 2018 –

Millions of students and educators are back to school, signaling the end of summer. For 554 educators, however, this is not only the beginning of the school year but the start of a sprint to the ballot box this November. They are set to unleash a historic #RedForEdWave in state houses across the country, according to the latest numbers by the National Education Association, which include 512 Democrats and 42 Republicans. Slightly more than 56 percent of candidates are women. This number includes only candidates running for state house or senate seats.

What we are witnessing is not a moment but a movement by educators running for office to fight for the public schools our students deserve,”What we are witnessing is not a moment but a movement by educators running for office to fight for the public schools our students deserve,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Now, in the wake of historic walkouts and school actions, we have a chance to leave our mark and elect to office public education champions who will raise their voices and fight for our students and public education. This is our time. This is our movement. We are going to ride this #RedForEdWave straight to the ballot box in November.”

In addition to the 554 educators on the ballot, prominent educators running for office include Rep. Tim Walz, who secured the Democratic nomination for Minnesota governor; Tony Evers, Wisconsin governor candidate; David Garcia, Arizona gubernatorial candidate; Lynn Walz, Nebraska lieutenant governor candidate; and Rita Hart, who is a candidate for lieutenant governor in Iowa. The 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, also won her partys nomination to represent the fifth Congressional District in Connecticut. Down ballot educator candidates include the superintendent of public instruction for Arizona, David Shapira; the Idaho superintendent of public instruction, Cindy Wilson; the Minnesota state auditor candidate, Julie Blaha; and the New Mexico land commissioner candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, to name a few.

Jen Aniano, a high school English teacher at Michigan Loy Norrix High School is a first-time candidate. She is campaigning to represent House District 46 in the state legislature.” I am tired.” said Aniano. “I am tired of how undervalued education is in Michigan. I am tired of our own Betsy DeVos and her horrific agenda that has decimated and dismantled public education in the state of Michigan. A change is necessary. A change is coming. I want to lead the change.”

To help educators who make the leap into elected office and succeed at the ballot box, the National Education Association launched See Educators Run in 2017. The candidate-training program has provided more than 200 educators with details about setting up a campaign, fundraising, and communicating with voters.

One of the educators who participated in the NEA candidate-training program is Renee L. Miller from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. “I am interested in running for school board because I want to see students and teachers have access to adequate resources, families to have access to high quality early childhood education, and for our school to be the hub of our community,” emphasized Miller. “I am passionate about my community continuing to be a place where people want to raise their families, a place that produces contributing members of society, and a place where our children want to raise the next generation.”

The #RedForEd wave also comes amid strong public support for higher teacher pay and teacher walkouts and school actions, according to the latest PDK poll. According to the poll, 78 percent of public school parents say they would support teachers in their own communities if they went on strike for higher pay. Two-thirds of Americans say teachers salaries are too low.

“Educators are already leaders in their communities and are often the first to respond to challenges and opportunities faced by their students and families,” said Carrie Pugh, NEA political director. “In many cases, educators are running after seeing years of legislative neglect and the chronic underfunding of public education. Educators now are demanding more for their students. They are taking matters into their own hands and running for office. They are ready to step up for their students, their communities, and public education.”

About the NEA analysis

The number of educators running is not exclusive to educators belonging to the state, local or NEA affiliate. Definition of educator is inclusive. For example, this includes current and retired educators, classroom, administration, as well as support staff from K-12 and higher education. In addition, the tracking does not include educators who are running for non-partisan offices such as school board.


  1. David Garcia is running for Governor and he is 100% owed by the public sector teachers unions.
    It would be like putting he fox in charge of the hen house.

  2. Is Governor Ducey the teacher`s and the Redfored candidate for Governor? He is the one who steam-rolled through an increase for teachers` pay this year with a 9% increase, egged on by Redfored and by his actions made Redfored into a political force to be reckoned with in Arizona. As it turned out of course, our bumbling self-centered Gov. (he only did it to help his faltering re-election campaign, actually) still hasn`t told us where the money is coming from and though he touted it to the public as a pay raise for teachers, he forgot to condition it for that purpose and the money was used by the school districts for whatever THEY wanted. Apparently it is news to Governor Ducey but IT IS the school districts who decide on teacher pay, not the Governor and nor is teacher pay a responsibility of State taxpayers. Governor Ducey`s “pay raise” for teachers is best characterized as a pay off to striking teachers. The teachers all had contractually enforceable pay rates and striking to increase those rates made the strike a grossly inappropriate action as well as an illegal strike. Only a political doofus negotiates with public employees engaged in an illegal strike. Governor Ducey`s “pay raise” was irresponsible not only because it was rammed through the legislature to mollify those engaged in an illegal strike but NO thought was given to distribute the money based on need or considering the fiscal responsibility of the various school districts. NO ONE. let alone those of us who are fiscally conservative Republicans should vote to re-elect such a reckless and fiscally irresponsible person as Governor Ducey.

  3. The Socialist movement is being fueled by our tax dollars in our public schools and state universities. What a plan to steal the economy from the strongest country in the world. Socialism never sleeps….

  4. I might be a wee bit more sympathetic to the teachers if they were actually teaching the kids, not indoctrinating them in Socialist ways. Seems like basic English, writing, math, and science have been left by the wayside.

  5. Who wants Venezuela?, then vote democrat/socialist/communists. Who wants capitalism, best economy in years, lowest unemployment in decades. A good economy raises everyone up. Democrat policies brings everyone down, except those in charge. All animals are equal, some are more equal, has never been more evident than the deep states effort to undermine our 2016 election. Do you want Venezuela? Vote democrat.

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