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Montgomery County Education Association

Who is MCEA?

MCEA "is not your grandfather's union." One of the largest local affiliates of the National Education Association, MCEA is a leader in efforts to build a new kind of teachers union that responds to the needs of today's educators.

We are more than 12,000 classroom teachers, guidance counselors, speech pathologists, media specialists, and other non-supervisory certified educators in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools system.

We work in a rapidly urbanizing suburban district with a growing divide between haves and have-nots. MCEA members teach 140,000 students in 190 schools spread over 497 square miles. The district has densely populated low-income urban neighborhoods, sprawling suburban subdivisions, and rural agricultural towns. (From

What is the Apple Ballot?

The Apple Ballot is what we, as teachers, use to ensure that voters know which candidates we believe to be the best advocates for public schools and public school educators. We know from past elections – and from consistent polling data – that voters value the recommendations of the Apple Ballot more than any other.  (From

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