Educators join National Day of Resistance to fight for safe and equitable schools
Educators gathered Monday in demonstrations across the country addressing twin concerns of a safe and equitable school environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide reckoning around racial justice after the killing of George Floyd.
The demonstrations, held in dozens of cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, were part of the National Day of Resistance, organized by a coalition of teachers unions, social justice organizations and the Democratic Socialists of America. They took place in a combination of socially distant rallies and car caravans.
Educators who planned to participate in the day of action spoke to NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team in advance of the rallies. Many explained that their major concerns centered around the disproportionately negative impact COVID's new distance-learning modules had on students of color and low-income students, their concern about equitable access to online learning and, ultimately, concern about the lack of clarity in plans to reopen schools safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nina Hike, a high school chemistry teacher who works in the Chicago public school district, said she is nervous about her district’s plan for the new academic year, which she described as a hybrid model involving a combination of remote and in-person instruction. It's a plan teachers feel puts students and teachers at risk, and fails to take into account the challenges of equitably distributing resources to students in her district.
On July 17, the Chicago district released its plan, noting that it was rooted in science and in accordance with the guidance from ...
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