Tag Archive: presidential race

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 17

Take the Pledge: Safe Learning Environments for Every Student

Schools should be havens. But right now, many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. You can help address this issue by signing this pledge: “I will stand up and I will speak up for my students, so that they all have a safe and affirming learning environment. I will take action with NEA so that EVERY student feels welcome and safe at school.”

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.”

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!”

Jul 06

Hillary Clinton tells educators: ‘I’m with you’

Hillary Clinton addressed the more than 7,500 delegates at the National Education Association’s 95th Representative Assembly Tuesday, saying that if she is elected president, “educators will have a partner in the White House – and you’ll always have a seat at the table.”

Jun 08

Students and educators ‘have a champion in Hillary Clinton,’ says NEA President

Hillary Clinton, who clinched the Democratic nomination for president this week, becoming the first woman in a major party to do so, “is a proven leader who has dedicated her whole life to tearing down barriers for Americans,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “She, more than anyone in this race for president, fundamentally believes a child’s chance of success should not depend on living in the right ZIP code.”