The events of Jan. 6 were yet another reminder of the painful injustices and deep divisions that persist in our nation. Our public schools have a critical role to play in building a better civil society and as educators, we must not shy away from that power or that potential.
In this moment, working hand-in-hand with partners in school districts, communities, and the White House, educators have an important leadership opportunity to re-think the educational experience and develop solutions to help ensure a just learning transition that extends beyond the pandemic.
The Biden-Harris administration has committed to being able to safely open most of our K-8 schools to in-person learning by the end of the Administration’s first 100 days in the spring. While President Biden confirms the need for funding and resources to the tune of $10 billion to do so safely, we educators know that is a small, yet significant, piece of a much larger pie necessary for a successful post-pandemic recovery in public education.
To determine exactly how this transitional learning period can lead to a safe, more just, and equitable public education for all students, the National Education Association is asking members to share their real concerns and expert ideas.
A small group of NEA leaders and members came together to determine the best questions to ask to do just that. The questions touch on issues our members, students, and families are currently facing. They seek to identify the supports students and educators need, and will need, as we transition through the recovery period. They challenge our members to consider the bold and tough decisions that need to be made with our leadership to ensure these supports are in place.
In short, the questions offer a framework for a successful post-pandemic recovery in public education whereby the answers from our members will provide the path we need the Biden-Harris administration to take.
Please complete the questionnaire before Feb. 5 to help the NEA shape ideas and plans to ensure we return to safe, just, and equitable in-person schooling.