School Reopening: Ensuring Safe, Just and Healthy Learning

Organizing for Safe, Healthy and Just Schools With Your School Board If we’re serious about making sure every child can learn safely and pursue their dreams during this pandemic and beyond, let’s get serious about doing what works. As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to intensify, parents, educators, and communities are waiting to see how … Continued

Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Elimination of DACA

By Mary Ellen Flannery When Angelica Reyes said good-bye to her students on Monday, the start of summer break in her Los Angeles school district, she didn’t know whether she’d be seeing them again this fall, or facing possible deportation. Reyes, who has lived in Los Angeles since her parents brought her there from Mexico … Continued

Momentous Supreme Court Decision Supports LGBTQ Rights

“An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” – U.S. Supreme Court On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that LGBTQ employees — including all LGBTQ educators — are protected under federal law from discrimination at work based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is … Continued

Black Communities on the Frontlines: The Inequality Crisis and COVID

How states, localities and educators are responding More than 20,000 African Americans – or 1 of every 2,000 Black residents – have died from COVID-19. Across the United States, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting many Black communities especially hard, revealing a stunning difference in the COVID-19 death rate of Black Americans and the rest of … Continued

Social and racial justice classroom, community resources: COVID-19 & more

While it might not seem like it, COVID-19 shall pass. What remains constant, however, is the need for learning and community resources related to social and racial justice, a statement made all the more relevant in light of the inequities laid bare by the pandemic. Here are some resources for your students, your community and … Continued

Native Communities Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

NEA member Leslie Crow lives in South Dakota and is Ihanktonwan/Hunkpati/Sicangu Sioux. Photo by Moses Mitchell. The virus has already hit the Navajo Nation especially hard, with more than 830 cases and 30 deaths as of April 21. As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise across the United States, the pandemic … Continued

COVID-19 & Immigrant Communities: Your Questions Answered

Every significant immigration issue that might affect students or educators, from DACA renewals to federal support of immigrant workers and their families, is impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, more than 200,000 DACA recipients – including nearly 15,000 educators and 29,000 health care workers – are working to protect our health … Continued

Standing Up to Hate and Bias Related to COVID-19

Photo by Joe Brusky, used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license. As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the United States, the FBI has issued an alert, distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country, warning of an increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans. According to an FBI analysis … Continued