Melissa Romano earns MEA-MFT's endorsement
October 21, 2015
Contact: Eric Feaver, MEA-MFT President, 442.4250
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MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver announced today that his union’s Committee On Political Education (COPE) has endorsed Melissa Romano for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
MEA-MFT is Montana’s largest labor union, representing 18,000 public employees, including k-12 public school teachers, specialists, and support personnel.
“We are delighted to support this dynamic teacher to lead Montana’s schools,” Feaver said. “Melissa is all about kids. She knows that a quality education is our children’s best path to a bright future.”
Melissa Romano teaches 4th grade at Four Georgians School in Helena and has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in elementary math instruction. She announced this summer that she is running for the statewide office that will be vacated by current Superintendent Denise Juneau. Juneau can’t run for re-election due to Montana’s term limits for certain elected officials.
The 34 members of MEA-MFT’s Committee On Political Education (COPE), who live and work in communities all across Montana, voted to endorse Romano after an extensive candidate interview.
“Our COPE members were impressed with Melissa’s intelligence, energy, and commitment,” Feaver said. “Melissa knows all Montana students, regardless of their home address, deserve the support and tools to learn. She will work with Montana educators everywhere to promote and enhance our quality system of public education. She knows teaching is more than a career; it’s a calling. Melissa will work to give educators the support, professional development, and resources they need to help our children and our public schools succeed.”
Feaver concluded, “Melissa will fight efforts to siphon taxpayer dollars away from our public schools for the benefit of private and religious schools that have little or no accountability to Montana taxpayers. She knows strong public schools are the cornerstone of our democracy, a crucial engine of our economy, and the heart of our Montana communities.”
MEA-MFT represents 18,000 k-12 teachers and school support staff, Head Start employees, state and county employees, university faculty, and private-sector health care providers working in communities all across Montana. MEA-MFT is a merged affiliate of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers and is the largest affiliate of the Montana State AFL-CIO.