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NEA Today Magazine - Winter 2018

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Many public school teachers and education support professionals keep their financial boats afloat by working part time. Take a look into the lives of these dedicated educators and read what they have to say

The Secret of Sexual Assault in our Schools

When it happens in schools and isn’t addressed, students learn that sexual misconduct is acceptable, even normal. It’s time to acknowledge the problems exist and then tackle them in curriculum, policy, and more.

Environmental Justice

Educators in California’s Salinas Valley—one of the most productive agricultural regions in the U.S., and home to tens of thousands of students, most of them Hispanic—work to put a stop to pesticide exposure and keep students healthy.

Social Justice Warriors

A look at 12 social justice heroes who stand on the frontlines of the battle for human and civil rights.


Read why Terry Jess calls himself an anti-racist white educator committed to spreading the message of social justice, equity, and racial justice in white spaces, and then read longtime activist Michael Simanga’s poignant essay, about why Jess’s work matters.

Follow the Money: The School-to-(Privatized)-Prison Pipeline

How turning students into prisoners is deliberate, begins early, and turns profits.

First and Foremost

Supreme Court case launches new and aggressive attack against unions, why quality professional development remains out of reach for most educators, and what would Thomas Jefferson say about United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos?

Teaching and Learning

Suspect Red, a young adult book, takes a look at McCarthyism, how a rearranged classroom can lead to student success, and books and activities for every month.

Issues and Impact

California educator Ivan Viray Santos and his colleagues turned a desire for ethnic studies curriculum into policy, and NEA Today talks with Wisconsin-based parent engagement specialist Sequanna Taylor about her journey from educator to educator activist.

People and Places

The fears of educators who are also Dreamers, and how Florida educator Rebecca Hinson mixes art and pride into great teaching.

Education Support Professionals

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

How sticking to the basics of one-on-one communication helps one California local keeps membership strong, and how the Pennsbury Education Support Professionals Association fought outsourcing by helping to elect a school board that stands up for public school educators.

A Note From the Editor-in-Chief

No matter the task, educators do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Lily’s Blackboard

Better pay for educators means better outcomes for students.

Extra Credit

How the Supreme Court is being used, once again, to rig the rules against working families.

Talk Back

Rural Schools to Vouchers: No Thanks

I worked at rural schools for three years. “Who’s Looking Out for Rural Schools?” (Fall 2017). The people there have absolutely no desire for vouchers or any of the rest. They are happy with their schools, which are “public” schools in the truest sense.

—W. Worsham

Teacher Pay Penalty

Teachers have been lauded for their willingness to teach children as a mission, a calling from some higher power. “Teacher Pay Penalty Driving Educators Out of the Profession,” (Fall 2017). That was the drivel given decades ago to a mostly female teaching [staff] to make them feel better about not paying them a decent salary. And it still happens today.


Why can’t teachers—like doctors, lawyers, and other professionals—be in it for the money? We are not martyrs. It is a calling and we do a job that not everyone can do. States need to step up and provide the same rate of pay for teachers that they pay the state auditors, managers, and other highly specialized employees of the state, and teachers need to stop acting like it is a sin for us to be paid more than just a living wage. We are professionals and have the right to be compensated as such.

—J. Ramey

Community Schools: A Home Away From Home

I am so proud of these schools for understanding that a child coming from an unhappy home (for whatever reason) is going to reflect his/her unhappiness in their school work. “Connecting the Dots,” (Fall 2017). What a huge breakthrough!

—R. Morhrke

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