The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequities facing too many of our students—everything from access to educational opportunities, health care, and even food to the ability to participate in remote learning. Community schools can play a key role in addressing these challenges. They reimagine public schools as community hubs committed to meeting the needs of the whole child with integrated support services, expanded and enriched learning opportunities, and family and community engagement. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act would provide $3.65 billion over the next five years to plan, implement, expand, and support full-service community schools in low-income and underserved communities.
Email your senators and representative and ask them to support the Full-Service Community School Expansion Act.
The Equality Act (H.R. 5) would give LGBTQ Americans explicit protection from discrimination in key areas of life: employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and other federal laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The current patchwork of laws—most states lack non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity—leaves many students and educators vulnerable to discrimination and sends the message LGBTQ Americans are second-class citizens.
Urge your representative to support the Equality Act (H.R. 5).
Help get our students and educators the resources they need for safe and just learning. We need to protect them with proven safety strategies—plus access to vaccines and frequent testing and tracing—and we need the funding to do it.
Urge Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan, with $210 billion to ensure safe and just schools for all students—from kindergarten to college.
We have an enormous task ahead of us as we deal with the coronavirus and its lasting effects on our students, families, and communities. But that’s not all. We need to restore trust, repair damage to civil rights, increase funding to our schools, and so much more. Tell us what you think the White House and Congress should prioritize in the months ahead.
Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was a fourth-grade public elementary school teacher before becoming the youngest principal in Connecticut at age 28. He respects educators, listens to them, and will ensure they have a voice in developing and implementing education policy. Cardona recognizes that student learning is affected by what happens outside our schools as well as what happens in them—especially the increase in hunger, homelessness, and economic instability caused by the pandemic. He understands that to fulfill America’s promise of equal educational opportunity, we must address the digital divide and homework gap—tens of millions of students have been unable to work remotely during the pandemic due to lack of internet access or devices.
Please email your senators and tell them to support Miguel Cardona for Secretary of Education.
The For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most comprehensive democracy reform bill in decades, rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. Measures to achieve these goals include automatic voter registration, voluntary public financing of campaigns, placing new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering and purging voter rolls, and requiring candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. H.R. 1 also makes a strong argument for the District of Columbia becoming a state.
Email your representative and tell them we need democracy reform NOW.
President Biden’s promise “to restore humanity and American values to our immigration system” is the basis for the U.S. Citizenship Act introduced Feb. 18 in both the Senate and the House. For participants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Status Holders (TPS) since Jan. 1, 2017, the pathway to citizenship would be three years. For undocumented individuals in the United States since Jan. 1, 2021, the pathway to citizenship would be eight years—temporary status for five years, then Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) or green card status for three years.
Email your senators and representative and ask them to support the U.S. Citizenship Act.