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Published on Oct 23, 2018
Politicians on the campaign trail have made some eye-popping promises: billions of more dollars for schools, double-digit percent increases for teacher salaries and millions more for aging school infrastructure. In Part One of Education Week’s series on the midterm elections of 2018, Daarel Burnette and Kavitha Cardoza take a look at why so many teachers (including a former state? Or national? Teacher of the Year) are running for elected office. Many teachers have not had a raise for 10 years, spend their own money on school supplies, and often have a second or even third job to make ends meet. Now more than 100 teacher candidates have made it past the primaries and have helped push public schools to the top of the ballot.