But members have been left wanting more, says Diamonté Brown, a Booker T. Washington Middle School teacher running against English for president. They believe the current leadership has lost touch with the people who work in schools every day. The team promises more accountability and support for the nearly 7,000 members, and a greater emphasis on promoting social justice. In response to claims that they’re inexperienced, Taylor pointed to candidates’ histories of working with district officials on efforts to recruit and retain more black teachers and increase support for transgender students, as well as their work lobbying in Annapolis. Some candidates have worked as union building representatives.