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Equity and Opportunity for All

Do you know a school where we must fight inequity?

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Every student should have access to great public schools. That’s the principle at the core of everything the National Education Association does. Some students have a robust education in well-resourced, safe schools. That education will prepare them to graduate ready for college or careers. That’s our wish for each and every child—regardless of race, color, ethnicity, income level or where they live. It’s why we—as educators—do what we do.

Many children have an entirely different experience, their schools aren’t safe and their curriculum is outdated and not as rigorous. Far too often, those children—the ones missing out on the best—attend schools in less affluent neighborhoods and with students who are overwhelmingly minority.

Sound familiar?

We want every educator, principal, parent, and community leader to share their stories, because all students, regardless of where they live or how much money their parents make should have great public schools. Far too often, too many children attend under resourced schools and pay the price by missing out on key ingredients to build their potential and prepare them for success.

Are the students in your public school missing out on key resources essential to providing them with a quality and comprehensive education due to discrimination? If so, we want to hear about it!

The Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education recently announced it will be focusing on finding and remedying resource inequities in public schools, districts, and states across the country under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They are going to investigate instances of discrimination based on race, color or national origin and we need your help identifying where they should start.

Examples could include inequitable differences in:

  • Students’ access to a broad and enriching education (such as quality pre-kindergarten, gifted and talented programs, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate, fine arts, and athletics)
  • Students’ access to great teachers and school leadership
  • Students’ access to school staff who provide them with critical support services (such as education support professionals, as well as specialized instructional support personnel like school counselors, psychologists, nurses, and librarians)
  • Students’ access to safe and healthy school facilities
  • Students’ access to instructional materials and appropriate technology

Tell Your Story

School Equity: Lily Eskelsen García at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

It is the mission of the NEA to make every public school as good as the best public school and ensure that the gifts and talents of each and every child are given a chance to flourish


TAKE ACTION

Are the students in your public school missing out on key resources essential to providing them with a quality and comprehensive education due to discrimination? If so, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.


RELATED LINKS

Press Release: NEA on the Department’s Promise to Fight Inequity in Education
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia: Do you know a school where we must fight inequity?

60 Years After Brown, Educators Demand More Focus on Public School Support
U.S. News and World Report 

Educators Need to Speak Up Louder for School Equity, Says Civil Rights Expert
neatoday.org

Brown v. Board at 60: Why Have We Been So Disappointed? What Have We Learned?
Economic Policy Institute Report

Black, Latino, and American Indian Students Facing Huge Barriers to Success
Annie E. Casey Foundation Report

Segregation Now
The Atlantic


Time for Change: Diversity in Teaching Revisted

NEA commissioned a current review of teacher diversity and ways in which efforts could create parity in our public school system. Find it here.


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2014 marked the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. See our complete coverage of the Brown v. Board anniversary and sign our petition to demand great public schools for every student.