Education News

Mitch McConnell’s 5 terrible ideas for reopening schools

By Amanda Menas Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators have now had 11 weeks to put forward a new round of COVID-19 relief, and have failed. Following the House passing the HEROES Act in May, McConnell has refused to work across the aisle, causing insurmountable harm to millions of Americans. Over the last three months, educators,


Require schools for military kids to implement remote instruction

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is requiring most of the schools it operates—here and overseas—to reopen and offer in-person instruction five days a week despite a resurgence of COVID-19 in many of those places. Students exposed to COVID-19 at school could bring the virus home and infect their parents, which could have a


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


Congress must act NOW to stem the damage from COVID-19

Two weeks after returning from vacation, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his Senate enablers revealed their current take on COVID-19—a bill with zero chance of passing the Senate, let alone the House. Those shortcomings reflect the chaos and disarray within the GOP, and something even worse: a refusal to take the pandemic seriously. More