Join your NEA colleagues from around the country this Thursday, June 18 for an engaging conversation to ensure that, as we reopen public school buildings, opportunities for students exist in equitable and just schools.
RSVP to join the tele-town hall from 5-6 p.m. EDT on Thursday.
Moderated by Jesse Holland, CSPAN Washington Journal Host and award-winning reporter, this event will feature conversation with NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.
During the conversation, participants will engage in a powerful discussion around the impacts of this pandemic crisis on schools and communities, particularly historically marginalized Black communities. As schools and districts make plans to return to in-person learning, equity and racial justice must be driving factors in decisions being made.
Connecticut Teacher of the Year Sheena Graham listens in on a discussion about teachers’ roles in addressing the racial imbalance in our juvenile and criminal justice system. Seated with Graham are CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas and Bridgeport Education Association Vice President Ana Batista.
Despite the tremendous progress Connecticut has made in reducing the number of incarcerated youth over the past 10 years, a troubling trend continues: Black and brown children continue to come in contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system in disproportionate numbers compared to their white peers. Studies have confirmed that bias is one factor—meaning that white children are less likely to be referred to the juvenile or criminal justice system than their nonwhite peers, even for the same behaviors.
To address this continued racial imbalance, CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission (EMAC) hosted a film screening of CPTV’s Color of Justice Revisited, followed by a discussion—led by experts in their fields—about how educators can help end the school-to-prison pipeline. More than 60 educators attended the event at Testo’s Ristorante in Bridgeport on April 25. Read more