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Educators helped reset the nation’s leadership, reshaping public schools for years to come

By Amanda Litvinov

Not only did educators go to great lengths to keep students fed and learning during the pandemic, they also helped achieve a remarkable turnaround for public education in election 2020.

Educators played a key role in electing President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris—who are committed to supporting public schools. And we now have fellow educator and NEA member Jill Biden in the White House as well. President Biden has appointed Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, who are dedicated to safeguarding the rights of our students, our educators, and our union. These victories have set the stage for a historic investment in students and public schools.

We spoke up for what schools need

After hearing from millions of educators across the country, Congress passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan on March 10. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package will provide critical funding for public schools, create and support millions of jobs, cut child poverty in half, make health care more affordable, and help get the pandemic under control.

Thanks to educator advocacy and the determination of the Biden administration, we can now do more to ensure the success of every student in our schools. The U.S. Department of Education took extraordinary steps to move this funding for schools to the states just weeks after the president signed the plan into law.

“This historic legislation provides the resources to help every school put in place the effective measures needed to keep students and educators safe,” NEA President Becky Pringle says. “It also makes extraordinary investments that will lift countless children and families out of poverty and works to address the immense inequities that have systematically affected the most vulnerable students and communities of color.”

5 responses to “Educators helped reset the nation’s leadership, reshaping public schools for years to come

  1. Educators seem valued here but in my location, West Virginia, educators nor education is valued by the parents or community. Teachers and other staff are treated poorly along with getting paid almost the least in the country. A lot of great teachers are leaving the profession. I wish teachers in West Virginia were valued more. It is sad not only does the community not value us but I feel like the state does not value either since we are paid so little. We need to turn this situation around some way. I’m thinking about retirering early although I started teaching fulltime a couple of years ago. I am in culture shock. I never dreamed it was this bad or I would have never went into the teaching field. It is not the students. I love my students.

  2. And yet none of you went. back to live classes when the science you defended at first said it was safe to do so. Testing is now showing how badly students fared while you neglected your duty.

    Your interests do not lie with the students.

    Before you dismiss my comment as another “radical”—racist of you—know that I teach too and maintained safe face to face instruction throughout.

    1. WOW! What do you teach Colin, may I ask? and what kind of school private or public?
      I’m high risk for COVID and I showed up for my in person students as well as my virtual students. Parents had a choice and we provided what they wanted.
      And that was when it was NOT safe to go back to school, no one had been vaccinated then.
      Don’t generalize Colin. Most of us public servants do it for the love of our students and we worked a lot of extra hours without pay, learning how to use new platforms and new technologies in a matter of days, all in the name of learning!

  3. THIS INFOGRAPHIC NEEDS TO BE CREATED IN SPANISH, GUJARATI, ARABIC AND OTHER LANGUAGES SO WE CAN SHARE WITH OUR FAMILIES! FAILURE TO DO SO IS LEAVING OUT THE MAJORITY OF OUR FAMILIES!!!!!!!!
    NEA TOUTS SOCIAL JUSTICE BUT WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN NOT PROVIDING YOUR PLATFORM IN THE LANGUAGES OUR FAMILIES BEING SERVED NEED TO SEE? I know this platform is for members but the families of the students we served need to see this information.

  4. So great to have a fellow NEA member as the First Lady. She is going to be a great spokesperson for public school education!

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