What You Need to Know About State Laws Attacking Transgender Youth

Across race and place, educators and advocates are coming together to ensure our students have safe and welcoming schools where they can thrive. Over the last few years, the LGBTQ+ community has won important victories against discrimination. In June 2020, the Supreme Court recognized the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to be free from employment discrimination … Continued

INTRODUCTION TO THE YEAR OF PURPOSE – BLACK LIVES MATTER AT SCHOOL

In addition to the BLM at School Week of Action (that is organized during the first week of February), educators, students, and parents are encouraged to participate in ongoing activations and reflection throughout the school year. ​ In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and others named … Continued

Support BIPOC Educators

When we join together — families, educators and community leaders — we can create learning environments where every student can learn and grow. But for far too long, certain policymakers and administrators have dismissed and discriminated against, Black, brown and Indigenous educators, denying our neighborhood schools the diverse perspectives and cultures of care that our … Continued

MOVEMENT GROWS TO REQUIRE ETHNIC STUDIES IN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS, DESPITE CALIFORNIA VETO

A national movement grows A few large public school districts like Philadelphia and San Francisco created ethnic studies courses before the Arizona ban. But between 2013 and 2018, districts up and down the West Coast like Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego adopted courses and established departments. In some cases, these school systems made taking ethnic studies classes a graduation requirement. During the same … Continued

What Our Students Need Now: Virtual School Culture That Is Healthy, Just and Strong

At a time when many students are learning in virtual settings, educators and administrators must address discriminatory policies and practices that often contribute to disproportionate discipline. School is a place where childhood happens. And most of us believe that every child, whatever their color, background or zip code, has the right to learn in a … Continued

Our Voice, Our Vote, Our Power… Our Partners

  We are coming together to demand that liberty and justice be for all. By voting in record numbers in this election, we can swear in a government of, by, and for the people –and leaders who respect our rights – no matter our race, accent or zip code. Join with NEA partners dedicated to … Continued

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