Who is Midland Students First?
We are a local, non-partisan group of concerned citizens, teachers, parents and employers that believe every student in Midland deserves access to quality public schools. We believe the ideal school board candidate will closely examine data and promote effective and research-backed policies that address Midland’s unique challenges, work together with fellow trustees, parents, city and community leaders to lead our students to academic success. We believe we align with the vast majority of the Midland community who want school board members that put kids first.
What does putting Students first mean?
You never know what critical decisions an elected official will face. For this reason, Midland Students First focuses on the organizational and leadership skills that drive how candidates vote, not necessarily a “position” or single issue for which they stand. When we say “putting students first” we mean that when school board candidates are presented with options, they carefully consider all sides and work with their fellow Trustees and the Superintendent to choose the option that is best for students. If it is unclear which option is best, trustees should draw from their leadership experience and should employ their critical thinking skills to examine what the data or studies suggest is best.
Is Midland Students First affiliated with Educate Midland, MISD, League of Women Voters, or any charter school group?
No, we have no official or unofficial agreement with any of these organizations. Our members come from various backgrounds including some with these organizations. However, Midland Students First works completely independently of the agendas of these organizations and, in fact, advocates for an open discourse between all educational organizations with influence in the Midland area.
Does Midland Students First endorse MISD School Board Candidates? What is the endorsement process like?
We intend to make it easy for the community to get informed on MISD issues and MISD board candidates and therefore may consider endorsing one or multiple candidates.
If Midland Students First does not endorse a candidate will you endorse that candidate in a subsequent election?
Every election is a clean slate. We will re-evaluate each candidate every election. Our priority is putting students first. If our membership determines an incumbent candidate has failed to put students first we will not endorse that candidate. Conversely, if a trustee that our membership did not endorse proves themselves as an advocate for MISD students, we will support them in the future.
I want to get involved, how can I help?
First, sign up to be a member by registering on our website and tell your friends and family to do the same. Members may help us and will be notified when engagement opportunities arise. Second, donate your time to help by volunteering, spreading the word and when the time comes voting. Third, contribute financially, your money will help support voter outreach, voter education help support voter outreach and voter education.
Who can I contact for more information?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our members will get back to you promptly.