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Congratulations to Celeste Sorensen from Lowell Elementary! She is the winner of this year's raffle! ... See moreSee less

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We need your help. The Mendota School District 289 is refusing to meet with Mendota Elementary Teachers until this weekend. Call 1-844-311-3378 and tell the board to come back to the table now. ... See moreSee less

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Illinois Education Association

Mendota Strike Update with Mendota Elementary Teachers ... See moreSee less

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Stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers on strike, Mendota Elementary Teachers! Add this frame to your profile picture and share with your Facebook friends using the hashtag #MendotaMatters. #RedForEd ... See moreSee less

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NEA Today

What Chicago educators are on strike for is really simple:

📉 Smaller class sizes
✔️ Fair pay and benefits
🏫 Fully staffed schools
⚖️ Justice for their students and their families

We are #RedForEd in solidarity with our union family in Chicago!
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NEA Today

Education support professional Margaret Powell sees every day how underfunding schools robs students of opportunities.

Unfortunately, her story is all too common. 45 out of 50 states across the country fail to provide adequate funding to public schools.
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3 days ago

NEA Today

To close out Hispanic Heritage Month, this week's NEA Member Mondays highlights Karen Reyes, a teacher and DACA recipient in Austin, Texas. Learn more about how the fight for immigration reform led her to be more involved with her union.

“What compelled me to be more involved, not only in immigration issues in education, but in all social justice issues, were all the ICE raids in Austin in 2017. The school community was really impacted. Parents were afraid to pick up their kids. If I’m scared and I have DACA, I can’t imagine what these parents and kids are going through. ICE is the boogeyman for many of these kids because they have seen their communities torn apart.”

“A parent came to me one day and said was going to pick up her kid early to go to get passport photos. She wanted to make sure she had one if they were deported. In that conversation, it came down to a choice for me of disclosing to her that I was also undocumented. I didn’t. And I immediately felt regret. That pushed me to come out about my undocumented status. Kids are scared, families are scared, and communities are scared. I don’t want kids to come to school scared.”

“A few educators have balked or complained about our social justice work. Some people have said we should be focusing on better pay, health care, and working conditions. But social justice unionism, our work, includes ALL of that. Health care is totally a social justice issue. And our working conditions are their kids’ learning conditions.”

“The most important win I’ve had as a result of my education advocacy is bringing more attention to the issues that matter. For a lot of the folks I work with in my community, they weren’t aware of many immigration issues at first. And I have worked with some people who maybe in the past didn’t agree with a lot of things I believe in immigration-wise. But in organizing and going out and talking to people in the community, we have brought a lot of awareness. I have had conversations with a LOT of people, and many of them have done a complete 180 on this issue. That would not have been possible without me coming out and being safe in the knowledge that I could tell people I’m undocumented and it’s not going to be an issue. And we always have an ask of them. Such as go out and vote. But I think we also we need to have harder asks. Like, ‘If you see something racist, don’t just let it slide.’ ”

“To me, an ideal public school is one that encompasses the community it is in and the communities our students live in. I do see schools as the center, as the pillars of our communities. If you don’t see schools around, there’s probably not a lot of joy. In the best public schools, I see folks coming in from the community and helping out. People from the community coming in and showing students different things. Everyone working together to make sure our kids have what they need to be successful.”
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