AG Opinion on Teachers’ Rights

Teachers can and should be involved in political activities!

Mississippi’s Attorney General has issued a number of opinions stating that “school employees may voluntarily participate in political activities as long as their participation in such activities is limited to the hours when they are not involved in their work-related duties.” Specifically, educators may:
• volunteer to work on political campaigns
• have political bumper stickers on their cars on school district property
• put candidates’ yard signs on their personal property
• make social media posts or display personal profile pictures supporting candidates, bills, or initiatives
• provide updates to school staff regarding legislation that affects their school or district
• VOTE for candidates based on their education voting records

Download an educator advocacy guide with dos and don’ts for educators created by Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE).

If you know of someone who is attempting to keep educators from expressing their political views, please report it to us by emailing Teachers’ voices are an important part of our political discourse and should be valued as such.

Join us in our COUNTDOWN TO CHANGE. The November 5 General Election is only 11 days away, and it is one of the most important in recent history. This is our chance to turn the page on support for public schools and ensure a better day for Mississippi children.

Learn which candidates say they will fully fund our public schools here.

** If you know you won’t be able to make it to your polling place on Election Day, vote absentee! Your circuit clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. until noon this Saturday, October 26, and next Saturday, November 2. You can also vote in your circuit clerk’s office on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through November 1. **

If each of us does a little something to get public school supporters to the polls, we will win the day for our children and our teachers.

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