Tag Archive: Trump

May 18

Trump’s plan to slash federal education funding is ‘reckless and wrong for students,’ NEA says

Responding to reports that the Trump administration plans to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García called President Trump’s priorities “reckless and wrong for students and working families.” According to the Washington Post, the cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, including “$1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.”

Jan 09

Tell Senator Baldwin to vote NO on Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, has no experience in public education and has a long history of supporting policies that harm public schools. It’s urgent that we are on the record calling for a secretary of education who actually supports public education. Click Here Now To Send a Message.

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.”

Oct 18

10 Teachers of the Year say they can’t remain neutral in this presidential election

In an open letter published in the Washington Post, 10 former state and national Teachers of the Year say they are so concerned about the impact of Donald Trump’s comments on school children that they cannot remain neutral in this presidential election. They wrote, in part: “Children are watching. They are listening. They are learning from the example we set as their parents and teachers—not only from what we say and do, but from what we accept when it comes to the words and actions of others. We have to show them that hatred, sexism, racism, disrespect, and threats of physical violence are not okay. They’re unacceptable at any age — for a kindergartener, a high school student, or a presidential candidate.”

Sep 29

Trump’s claim that he and Republicans will help blacks and Hispanics is ‘outright insult’ to Wisconsin, Martin says

Donald Trump’s claim that he and Republicans will make life better for blacks and Hispanics in Wisconsin is “an outright insult” to Wisconsinites who are suffering under Republican policies, WEAC President Ron Martin said Thursday. “To say that he and Republicans will make it better for Wisconsin black and Hispanic children, families and communities is an outright insult to all of Wisconsin,” Martin said. “We have seen firsthand what the Republicans have done, including passing laws to make it harder for ethnic minorities to vote.”

Jul 20

Dedicated, hard-working educators react to Donald Trump Jr.’s attacks

Following Donald Trump Jr.’s attack on hard-working teachers, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García Tweeted: “If your education policy is to blame & insult those professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping students, you just don’t get it.”