Tag Archive: equality

Nov 07

NEA President says tax plan is giveaway to wealthiest funded on backs of students and working families

The tax plan released by House Republican leaders and backed by President Trump is a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest individuals and corporations funded on the backs of students and working families, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said. The plan expands an education tax loophole that would further benefit the wealthy and allow them to set aside money for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class. It also eliminates the educator tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250.

Oct 19

‘This is the time to reassert your support for social justice’

With controversy swirling around white supremacist Richard B. Spencer’s appearance Thursday at the University of Florida, NEA Student Program Chair Ashley Muscarella says this is a good time to reassert your support for social justice, and working through your union is a great way to do it. “As an aspiring educator, I am a proud member of a generation that is willing to stand up against racial inequality, sexual, gender, and religious discrimination as well as ignorance and intolerance,” she writes.

Aug 14

NEA, VEA condemn ‘hate-filled bigots’ behind tragedy in Charlottesville

WEAC is sharing this statement that was released by the National Education Association and the Virginia Education Association late Monday afternoon. They are reacting to three deaths during a racist rally organized over the weekend by white supremacists, neo Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan. One young woman standing up against hate and for peace and tolerance was killed when a car was driven into the crowd of counter-protesters. In addition, 19 others were injured, some severely, in this detestable act of domestic terrorism. Two police officers also died in a helicopter cash during the event.

May 24

NEA’s Eskelsen García says DeVos is ‘throwing students under the bus’

In testimony before Congress Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say she would deny federal funding of private schools that discriminate against students. That, and other responses from DeVos to questioning by members of a House appropriations committee during a review of the Trump administration’s education budget proposal, prompted NEA President Lily Eskelsen García to tweet that DeVos was “throwing students under the bus.” Eskelsen García tweeted that DeVos is still unqualified and still using alternative facts. “We should invest in what makes schools great, the things that build curiosity and instill a love of learning,” she tweeted.

Apr 24

Educators’ Network for Social Justice 10th Annual Teaching Conference is Saturday, April 29

The Educators’ Network for Social Justice Conference is being held Saturday, April 29, at the Indian Community School in Franklin, Wisconsin. Workshops are facilitated by socially conscious educators and community members with a passion for their work and cover a wide range of social justice topics. Keynote Speaker, Patty Loew, is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and affiliated with American Indian Studies, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the School of Human Ecology Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies.

Nov 30

‘Public schools are our hope for democracy’

“Our nation’s economic prosperity and democracy depend on strong public schools,” says Appleton resident Carol Lenz, a member of Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education. In a letter published by USA Today Network-Wisconsin and the Appleton Post-Crescent, Lenz says the movement toward privatization “undermines democratically-elected school boards. It curtails local control and public oversight of public dollars. More importantly, it creates winners and losers. It destroys community schools while promoting segregation, contributing to social disunity and inequality.”

Aug 15

Study links civic unrest to declines in student achievement

Just a few days before civic unrest erupted in Milwaukee, a study was released indicating that the unrest that occurred two years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, may have had a negative effect on student achievement in that community. “Understanding how and when civic unrest harms student learning is crucial for educators, parents, community leaders, and policymakers looking to support students in affected communities by implementing programs that support and facilitate student learning during episodes of civic unrest,” says the study highlighted by the Brookings Institution.

Aug 12

‘Learn from other people’s differences’

Matt Glowacki, who was born without legs, brought his inspirational message to the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy this week in Whitewater. Among his messages: “My disability exists in your mind more than it does in mine, most of the time.”

Jun 23

NEA applauds Supreme Court’s ruling on diversity

“When it comes to public education — whether it’s preschool or graduate school — racial classifications continue to carry great weight,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “If we’re serious about ensuring every child has access to a great public school, no matter his or her ZIP code, then we must uphold diversity programs because there is no question that they serve a compelling state interest.”