NEA will promote the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in schools during Black History Month in 2020.  Beginning in the fall of 2019, using existing communications resources, NEA will specifically call for clear efforts to demonstrate support for the four demands of the BLM Week of Action in schools:

1. Ending zero-tolerance policies and replacing them with restorative justice practices

2. Hiring and mentoring black educators

3. Mandating that Ethnic Studies be taught in preK-12 schools in age-appropriate ways

4. Hiring more counselors not cops

Rationale/Background

The BLM in schools week is a way to further dismantle institutional racism. Acknowledging and promoting this week also furthers our commitment to supporting the BLM movement in a tangible, student-centered, action-based way. Providing resources in the fall is critical.

Contact

Cecily Myart-Cruz - CA

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $500.