• Class size matters! Smaller numbers in younger classes, no more waivers, proper staffing and funding for specialists outside of the unit-count system.
  • School Funding! Our current school funding structures are archaic and fail to properly address the modern costs of education.
  • Accountability is still not right! We have to continue to push back against an accountability system that has more negatives then positives. Component 5 continues to be flawed and other parts of our current evaluation process fall short of providing real professional growth.


  • Our buildings need to be safe learning environments!  Air and water quality must be tested often, and specific concerns must be addressed immediately.
  • Our staff and students deserve funding for School Resource Officers in every building and a Community Resource Counselor:  A person dedicated to connecting students and their families with necessary community resources not offered by the school!


  • Step increases stay! Each year DSEA works hard to keep step increases in the budget. We need to continue to work to ensure that these increases continue while we look for new ways to further teacher compensation.
  • Education Support Professionals need to be better compensated! Paraprofessionals, food service workers, secretaries, bus drivers, and custodians deserve respect and a wage that honors the work they do for our communities.
  • Health care is a concern! We need to monitor and be involved in any major changes that involve our heath care insurance.   It is a benefit that needs to be guarded.


  • There is power in numbers! We need to build strong coalitions and establish meaningful relationships with other organized labor unions in our state and beyond. Working together with these groups on programs and concerns strengthens our association.
  • Service matters! There are a number of ways our members can be active in our communities. We want to build and nurture a culture of service.
  • Local business partners also offer valuable connections! Local businesses are the cornerstones of our communities. These businesses value the work our members do with our students everyday and will prove to be a powerful partner.

I want to continue to advance the DSEA vision of standing strong for student success and continue the momentum generated from recent DSEA work with reading and literacy, ESSA and Time to Teach, Time to learn initiatives.