Category Archive: Presidential Race

Dec 07

Open Letter: A Commitment to Student Success in Public Schools

With the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory. For the first time, our secretary of education could be someone whose sole “qualification” for the job is the two decades she has spent attempting to dismantle the American public school system. One way you can stand up for public education right now is by signing this open letter that states in part: “We expect our elected leaders and policymakers, regardless of political affiliation, to fundamentally believe in and value a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures every student can succeed, no matter their ZIP code.”

Nov 30

School climate worsens in wake of election, new report says

Teachers describe an increase in the use of slurs and derogatory language, along with disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags in the wake of November’s divisive election that saw Donald Trump rise to the presidency, according to a new report from the organization Teaching Tolerance. The report cited more than 2,500 specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that it said can be directly traced to election rhetoric, including assaults on both students and teachers and acts of vandalism depicting hate symbols and speech.

Nov 23

NEA president says Trump’s education secretary nominee ‘supports failed education policies that hurt students’

Betsy DeVos, who is President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection for U.S. Secretary of Education, is a long-time proponent of policies that undermine public education, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said Wednesday. “She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense,” Eskelsen García said. “These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps.”

Nov 11

‘The best thing we can do is be there for our students’

The election of Donald Trump as president has left many schoolchildren hurt and scared about their futures, and in many cases they are turning to their teachers for direction and support. “I’m going to tell them that nothing is going to change overnight,” said Robert Ellis, a first-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in Richmond, California. “I want them to feel safe. As educators, that’s what we do in difficult times.”

Nov 09

Voters support their neighborhood schools

Voters in communities across Wisconsin supported their neighborhood public schools in Tuesday’s election, casting ballots to increase funding to maintain opportunities for students, attract and keep committed and qualified teachers, and provide safe, modern facilities. “Voters have again supported raising taxes on themselves to be sure their children have opportunities for success,” said WEAC President Ron Martin.

Oct 19

Eau Claire class finds presidential race a touchy, and sometimes inappropriate, topic

Like teachers throughout the nation, Eau Claire middle school teacher Brent Wathke is struggling with how to talk with his students about the ugliness of this year’s presidential election. In a feature article in the New York Times, Wathke says the tenor of the campaign – from candidate debates to television ads to news coverage to editorial cartoons – has often crossed the line and fallen into the category of being inappropriate. “We self-censor a lot,” said Connor Felton, 12. “I think if you repeat some stuff that Trump says, you could get sent down to the principal’s office. Maybe even expelled.”

Oct 03

NEA campaign highlights the “Trump Effect,” linking Trump to rise in school bullying

The National Education Association announced Monday the launch of a digital and direct mail campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on America’s schoolchildren. “The rise in vitriolic speech in classrooms and the anxiety this causes for some of our most vulnerable students shows that Trump’s rhetoric is far more damaging than previously imagined,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

Sep 08

NEA says Trump is ‘clueless about what works’ for students, public education

“Donald Trump isn’t serious about doing what’s best for our students, and he’s clueless about what works,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said after Donald Trump discussed his vision for education at a for-profit charter school in Cleveland. “His silver bullet approach does nothing to help the most-vulnerable students and ignores glaring opportunity gaps while taking away money from public schools to fill private-sector coffers. No matter what you call it, vouchers take dollars away from our public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense with little to no regard for our students.”

Jul 29

NEA’s Becky Pringle: Clinton nomination historic, powerful and emotional

Hillary Clinton’s cracking of the glass ceiling for women at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is amazing, National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle said in an interview with Workers Independent News. “It was powerful. It was encouraging,” she said.

Jul 25

Clinton wants to build bridges, not walls, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García says at Democratic National Convention

“Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to divide people with walls of hate,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said in an address Monday at the Democratic National Convention. “She wants to build bridges to a better future for all. That’s why America’s educators are with her! We will do everything in our power to build a bridge to a future where Hillary Clinton is our president!”

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