Governing | Teachers Aren’t Just Striking, They’re Running for Office
By Alan Greenblatt
Motivated by education cuts and a nationwide spirit of activism, dozens of teachers are running for legislative seats across the country.
Being a teacher might not be the best training for being a politician, but it doesn’t hurt.
“You’re always engaged as a teacher with a group of 30 people, trying to convince them of your points,” says Schuyler T. VanValkenburg, one of two educators elected to the Virginia state House in November.
Cheryl Turpin, the other Virginia teacher elected last year, argues that people in her profession are used to bringing people together to work toward a common goal.