Schools should be havens. But many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. Students and educators around the country are encountering bias and hate in their schools and communities –from students being disciplined for their hairstyles to fake deportation orders being circulated to swastikas drawn in bathrooms. These actions tell our students that they are not welcome in their schools and even in the country they call home.

Educators know that there is no place for this in our schools. Every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment. In fact, research shows that learning is stunted when the most basic need to feel safe and respected is not met. The three million members of the NEA and our allies are here to say: You are safe with me.



I will stand up and I will speak up for my students, so that they all have a safe and affirming learning environment. I will take action with NEA so that EVERY student feels welcome and safe at school.

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