Human and Civil Rights
NEA’s Social Justice Award
Beginning this year, 2014-2015, NEA will proudly recognize outstanding social justice activists via NEA’s Social Justice Award.
This special award will be presented annually to one exceptional member who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, parents, and the community to advocate on social justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators, and the communities they serve. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination.
Are You Ready for Election Day?
Are you an education voter who’s passionate—even steamed!—about social justice issues that impact students and school communities? Mid-term elections are just a few days away and so is your chance to make your voice heard. Check out EdVote’s "five ways to prepare for this high-stakes mid-term election" to make sure you, your family, and your colleagues are ready to walk into the voting booth. Read "five reasons the entire ballot matters for education voters" so you’ll know how elected officials at every level shape our schools. And don’t forget to take the pledge to vote on behalf of students and public schools!
Equal Footing for Schools
It’s no mystery America’s schools are widely unequal. If you’re fortunate enough to attend school in a well-heeled neighborhood, you’re more likely to have access to a rich curriculum, experienced educators, and state of the art facilities. Yet, 60 years after Brown v. Board, students with access are still far less likely to be minority, English Language Learners, or low-income. Now, educators and activists fed up with inequity have a new resource in their arsenal. The U.S. Department of Education has announced practical steps, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter and other guidance materials, to ensure America’s students—regardless of race, color, national origin, or zip code—have equal access to a high-quality public education.
Are your students msising out on the resources they need? Tell us your school's story and we'll send it to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
Higher Rates of Poverty Among LGBTQ Americans
LGBTQ students will pay an unfair economic price over their lifetimes asserts a new report that links significantly higher rates of poverty among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to discriminatory laws and customs. Read more . . .
New Day for America’s Schools
Across the country, educators are back at school—readying their classrooms, offices, cafeterias, and buses for the surge of students who’ll sweep their campuses in the next few weeks. But this year’s return to school marks a new milestone. For the first time in our history, America’s public schools are majority-minority, with students of color outnumbering their white peers. What does this mean for public education—now and in the future? Read more.
A new survey finds that educators can play a critical role in closing the leadership gap for girls and women.
Read the full report to see how you can make a difference.
Find out how you can make the Putting Our Values to Work resource work for you.