BALTIMORE — It's official: Diamont'e Brown takes over as the Baltimore Teachers Union president.
She's the first new president in 27 years. She plans to talk Thursday afternoon about the election results and her plan for heading the union.
Outgoing and longtime President Marietta English had challenged the election results, which were 901 votes for Brown and 839 votes for English.
Brown held her very first press conference on Thursday.
"Today our national union, the American Federation of Teachers, upheld this election and ruled that the teacher chapter and PSRP chapter executive boards were elected in accordance with the rules and procedures established by the BTU and the AFT.," said Brown.
English, who had been BTU president for 21 years, had claimed there were "egregious violations of the election process."
English released a statement, saying, "The report released by AFT today clearly lays out that egregious violations took place during the election process and I strongly disagree with the conclusion that even with these violations a new election would not be held. This decision does an injustice to our union. It has been the honor of my lifetime to lead the educators of the city of Baltimore. I thank everyone who put their support behind me in this election and for the last 20 years.
"What we accomplished together was no small feat, securing the most innovative contract for educators in the nation, which increased salaries and secured healthcare. We fought for school environments that allow our educators and students to feel safe and secure when they walk into school each and everyday and we stood up to all those who tried tirelessly to bring our union down.
"Our fight is not over, the Progressive Caucus is here to stay and will remain active and visible in our work advocating for not only the needs of every educator in the city, but every student. Now is the time for us to move forward to strengthen the democracy of our union and continue being a strong organization that always leads with honesty and integrity."
Brown said she will work on teacher concerns and prepare them for the beginning of the school year.