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WINNER: Pokuaa “PK” Owusu-Acheaw of MSEA

April 28, 2021

The legislative session is over, and The Lobby’s inaugural season is in the books!

Every day this week, we’re highlighting the winners of the 2021 Maryland legislative session.

PK Owusu, Managing Director of Political and Legislative Affairs for the Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA), came away from the 2021 legislative session with huge wins for Maryland educators and students. From resisting Governor Hogan’s veto of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, to securing critical protections for COVID-vulnerable educators, PK and her team worked with legislators to hold the line on historic successes and advocate for educators in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

None of this would have been possible without the hard work, dedication, and collaboration of Team MSEA, especially the Government Relations Team, MSEA Governance, and the entire membership of MSEA members, 75,000 strong, who have tirelessly shown up on the frontlines to make sure that Maryland students receive a quality education, regardless of their zip code,” PK Owusu-Acheaw.

The Wins:

Override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Deliver on Blueprint Companion Legislation

Secure collective bargaining rights for community college employees

Restore the Build to Learn Act, a $2.2 billion investment in school construction

Override Governor Hogan’s vetoes of the Tobacco, Sales and Use Tax and Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax (HB 732, 2020) and the 21st Century Economy Fairness Act (HB 932, 2020)

Deliver emergency workplace accommodations/protections for vulnerable educators who may be at risk for severe complications from COVID-19

Secure historic federal relief funding for education 

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