MEA’s Political Action Committee is an active group that is an integral part of the political scene in Manchester. Their function is to remain vigilant regarding local elections, interview all candidates who choose to sit with us, and get Manchester educators to Think Education, even when voting.
The PAC holds a few meetings per year, and also hosts a few meetings with the leadership of other unions in the city. Those on the committee also attend political functions being held around the state.
MEA PAC holds a few functions each year to raise funds to support political endeavors, including a cash calendar, bowling, and socials. Raffles are at every function. Take a look at the Events Page to find out what activities are going on sponsored by the PAC.
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter September 22, 2020
Welcome to our September 22nd newsletter! As always, share the latest stories from your city or state with us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues to sign up for our newsletter here.
New Poll Shows America’s Parents, Teachers Want ‘Safety First’ on School Reopenings
The nation’s teachers and parents are seeing through the Trump administration’s chaos and disinformation over reopening schools this fall, new polling shows. And while supermajorities of the poll’s respondents fear they or their child will be infected with the virus, they are united behind the need to secure safety measures and the resources to pay for them, so students can return to in-person learning.
Sixty-eight percent of parents—including 82 percent of Black parents—and 77 percent of teachers say protecting the health of students and staff should be the primary factor in weighing whether, how and when schools should open their doors for in-person instruction, according to the survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates.
Just 21 percent of parents and 14 percent of teachers say schools should reopen on a normal in-person basis—as demanded by President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—and significant majorities reject the administration’s plan to strip federal aid from schools that don’t comply.
With the coronavirus still spreading rapidly in large swaths of the country, majorities of both parents and teachers worry their districts will move too quickly to fully reopen, rather than too slowly. See the result from the groundbreaking poll by clicking here.
GOOD READ: What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Meant to Education
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer in the women’s rights movement and the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday at age 87 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. On education issues arising during her 27 years on the court, Ginsburg was a stalwart vote for sex equity in schools, expansive desegregation remedies, strict separation of church and state, and, in a memorable dissent, against broader drug testing of students.
“A prime part of the history of our Constitution … is the story of the extension of constitutional rights and protections to people once ignored or excluded,” Ginsburg wrote for the court in United States v. Virginia, the 1996 case that struck down the state’s exclusion of women from the Virginia Military Institute, perhaps her most important opinion in an education case and a sentiment that also reflected her votes in cases involving students of color, LGBTQ Americans, and students in special education.
Read more about her great life and legacy by clicking here.
September 30th Day of Action for Safe, Healthy and Equitable Schools
Thousands of parents, students, educators and school staff that have been on the frontlines fighting for racial justice in the US public school system are joining forces on September 30th to demand equity and safe conditions before schools are reopened. As the fight against systemic racism and state sanctioned violence has reached historic heights, on the heels of the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Brown and Indigenous families, organizers and union leaders are coalescing around a comprehensive set of demands to ensure that the safety of students and school staff is guaranteed before school doors are opened.
To learn more and join the September 30th day of action, please click here.
GOOD READ: Vouchers Over Virus: How the Department of Education Prioritized Private School Vouchers Over Responding to COVID-19
Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States this winter, schools faced their greatest disruption in generations with the abrupt switch to remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Public school systems were soon confronted with the complicated task of preparing for the new school year, with giant question marks about how COVID-19 diagnoses would affect their communities, what budgets should look like to provide necessary technology and personal protective equipment (PPE) to students and staff, and how safety concerns during the pandemic would affect the retention of students and educators.
The severity of the COVID-19 crisis demands a response from the federal government commensurate to its devastating impact on the education system, and the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Education over the summer should have been reopening schools safely in accordance with public health guidance and securing the resources needed to do so. Long-term efforts to improve choices within the public school system are also important, but leveraging the crisis to focus on private school vouchers to the exclusion of a coherent pandemic response is indefensible. Click here to read more.