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ESP of the Year’s take on McConnell’s bill

Andrea Beeman, NEA’s 2020 Education Support Professional of the Year, participated in a July 28 panel discussion sponsored by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, “The Impact of McConnell’s Immunity Proposal on Workers and Communities of Color.” Immunity from liability is the centerpiece of the HEALS Act Majority Leader McConnell introduced in the Senate last Monday.

“It seems to me that we are doing the OPPOSITE of what we should be doing to reopen schools for in-person learning,” Beeman said. “Instead of striving to contain the pandemic BEFORE we return to in-person learning, by focusing on waiving liability for keeping schools safe, we are saying to students, educators, and families: Beware. Enter at your own risk.”  A special education paraprofessional at Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio, Beeman started her career as a paraeducator 19 years ago. In her current position, she works with students who have severe developmental disabilities. 

14 responses to “ESP of the Year’s take on McConnell’s bill

  1. I agree with Andrea. I’m a former Bus Driver and I don’t believe we should put people at risk on Buses and Classrooms while protecting businesses from Liability.

  2. Trump and McConnell are willing to risk the lives of our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews by sending them back to traditional school. Yet, their children are probably receiving virtual learning or in some private school where they are not affected in the same manner as children attending public schools. They should be ashamed of themselves for their decisions/or lack of a safe decision concerning opening our public schools.

  3. Agreed 100%! Trump and McConnell are playing politics with Americans’ lives! Instead of doing the right things to get the country going again, they want to lay blame on Democrats while coming up with little or a sham of a plan. The House passed the Cares Act back in May!!! And trump and McConnell wants to say Dems aren’t doing anything when they are the ones obstructing progress!!

  4. If schools could be opened safely then liability would not be an issue. Remote learning only. There was plenty of time for teachers and staff to train to do this effectively but it wasn’t done because of political reasons.

  5. A teacher should be able to teach from anywhere. Children should have access to the internet. Therefore, we, as a society, we should provide the technology so they can stay home and learn. We are in a Pandemic after all. Protect everyone from the Virus and don’t be a science experiment!

    1. You are spot on. Dumping kids together in a classroom creates a possible explosion of Covid-19 because you cannot expect kids to sit still and not chat or touch for an entire ½ day or whole day. That may apply to K-12 kids too.
      The more we learn about Covid-19, the more ridiculous some plans to re-open schools seem.

  6. trump & mcconnell SUCK THEY ARE PATHETIC EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS THEY WOULD SELL THEIR MOTHERS FOR THEIR POCKETS

    1. This is absolutely true and Trump and his admin could have taken the measures needed in February but did not. Therefore, they should help stop the pandemic NOW and hopefully we can reopen schools in the spring! Be safe and thank you.

    2. I AGREE, as a retired educator in Special Education the protection of staff and students and thier families health safety must be the most important priority. Why is it so difficult for Congress to follow science recommendations from their own health officials and doctors ??

  7. “It seems to me that we are doing the OPPOSITE of what we should be doing to reopen schools for in-person learning,” Beeman said. “Instead of striving to contain the pandemic BEFORE we return to in-person learning, by focusing on waiving liability for keeping schools safe, we are saying to students, educators, and families: Beware. Enter at your own risk.” A special education paraprofessional at Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio, Beeman started her career as a paraeducator 19 years ago. In her current position, she works with students who have severe developmental disabilities.

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