NEA will use existing channels to call on educators to refrain from discouraging or explicitly telling students to not speak a language other than English at school.  NEA may also include information about:

  • The benefits of being multi-lingual;
  • How linguistic oppression is traumatic to children and stifles their academic achievement;
  • The white supremacy culture associated with "English only" movements; and
  • The history of violence inflicted on children for speaking a language other than English at school.

Rationale/Background

Educators who are still discouraging students at school from speaking a language other than English are negatively impacting a student's sense of self and relationship with educators because key parts of the student's entify are diminished and marginalized.

Contact

Shane Parmely - 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 $5,500.