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Balancing Act for Teachers Seeking Public Office
Jia Lee, a fourth- and fifth-grade special education teacher at The Earth School in the East Village who is running as the Green Party's candidate for lieutenant governor, said time off will not be an option for her even as Election Day nears. Not only is she a single mother and sole provider for her son, a high school student, but she communicated to the campaign early on where her priorities as a teacher would lie. "Establishing a sense of community and continuity is so important, so taking time off from the classroom doesn't feel like an option," she said. Read more here.