Sen. Daughtry receives perfect score on education voting record

Posted: July 20, 2022 | Senator Daughtry

AUGUSTA — Sen. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, earned a 100 percent score from the Maine Education Association for her voting record on legislation to support students, teachers and families. Sen. Daughtry is one of 19 state senators to earn a perfect score from MEA for their 2022 voting record.

“As a member of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, I heard about the challenges that educators, schools and students have been coping with since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Sen. Daughtry. “After learning about their experiences and listening to their stories, it became clear that the Legislature needed to take action to support them. In order for Maine to bounce back and recover from the pandemic, we need a strong, well-supported education system that will help Mainers meet this moment, as well as prepare the next generation for the challenges of the future. I’m proud to champion education for all Mainers no matter who they are, where they come from, or how much money their parents make.”

This year, Sen. Daughtry voted to continue funding free, universal school meals, fully fund education at 55 percent, invest in career and technical education and provide two years of free community college for Maine high school graduates from the graduating classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. In addition, she supported the creation of an Education Rainy Day Fund to ensure the state is able to continue funding K-12 public education at the 55 percent threshold. Last year marked the first time in the state’s history that the Legislature met the threshold, which was mandated by Maine voters at the ballot box in 2004. This fund will ensure the Legislature fulfills its obligation and will alleviate the burden that often falls on property taxpayers.

Sen. Daughtry also voted in favor of bills to expand family and medical leave protections for hourly school employees and ensure that teachers can take time off for COVID-related illness even if they don’t have accrued leave.

MEA represents 24,000 Maine teachers and promotes policies and investments that ensure that educators’ voices, values and priorities are heard and respected both in the workplace and at the State House.

In the Legislature Sen. Daughtry remains committed to fighting for Maine students, teachers and school staff in the Legislature.

The full 2022 MEA Legislative Scorecard can be found here.