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In July, the NEA passed a resolution to challenge ourselves — 3 million of our nation’s educators — to discuss and fight institutional racism in our schools. We are engaging our members to dialogue and look through a clearer lens when examining policy and practice in our school systems and our communities.

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Teacher reminds presidential hopefuls that hate speech and holidays don’t mix

As a middle school language arts teacher, Steven Singer understands the power of words. This holiday season, says Singer, the nasty and divisive language coming out of the 2016 presidential election about Muslims, refugees, and immigrants is getting the attention of the kids in his school, 60 percent of whom are students of color.

College students organize for racial justice: Mizzou student member shares her story

This was the semester the Black students at the University of Missouri had had enough. Racism was virulent on the campus, and the administration was doing little or nothing to curb it. In one incident, a drawing of a Black woman who had been lynched was tacked to Black female student’s dorm door; in another a swastika was smeared in feces on a college building wall.

Are all Muslims terrorists? One educator’s teachable moment

It started with the inflammatory ads on the sides of buses. Millionaire Pamela Geller had purchased anti-Muslim ads for 100 city buses in San Francisco. A court ruled that for the transit authority to reject the ads would be a violation of Geller’s First Amendment right of free speech.

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