A budget that supports the present and future of MSEA

Inside MSEA with Sean Johnson

At the Spring Representative Assembly, delegates unanimously adopted the association’s next biennial budget. I am proud of this support, but also of the document itself. The approved budget reflects our priorities and commitment to the association’s strategic plan to build strong and stable locals, lead the professions by elevating diverse voices of educators, and maintain an organizational culture that builds and uses power through collective action.

Our union must connect the values ​​and priorities of each member and provide a path to the collective power to act on those priorities. This dynamic is at the heart of unionism: a union centered on organized people who find their voice and act together.

Add to the power of organized people, the power of data. As a union, we need to better understand and harness the power of data. The budget created a new position dedicated to data management that will support current and new data systems, data integration, data usage and data training across the association. Specifically, this will mean providing the resources and opportunities that will be most meaningful and relevant to individual members.

The budget reinforces our commitment to racial, social and economic justice and builds capacity with a dedicated equity organizer position and the expansion of programs and grants related to Black Lives Matter and human and civil rights. This space of justice is multiple. Progress is not made by one event, committee, or staff member, but by every person and activity pushing for fundamental change that puts justice first.

The budget also continues the work of the Center for Education Policy and Practice and the creation of a new learning management system that will help generate and support professional development content created by members. Having members develop content to support and enhance the professional performance of their colleagues is essential to leading the professions.

Our association’s budget reflects our values ​​and priorities. It supports the work we are doing now and adds the capacity to be the union of the future, one that responds to the moment.

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Andrew B. Reiter