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Most years, this would be the time when we’d send you information about how to get students and parents excited about another school year. But this is like no other school year. This is a year of a deadly global pandemic that too many politicians and others like Betsy DeVos didn’t take seriously enough. And those same politicians are now demanding that all students and all educators rush back to in-person instruction, ignoring the best health guidance of medical professionals and failing to listen to the voices of educators and parents.
That’s why this week, we’re hosting a virtual town hall on school reopening featuring an educator who is taking this seriously: Dr. Jill Biden, along with leading health and education experts and parents from around the country.
Dr. Jill Biden has been on the forefront of the discussion calling for a thoughtful, measured plan for reopening schools—not the reckless approach the current administration is taking. As an educator and NEA member herself, Dr. Biden knows that no one wants to be back in the classroom more than educators. But like me, she also knows how crucial it is that we listen to health experts to keep our students safe.
It’s not just about reopening schools and getting back to things as they were before. Dr. Biden and I agree we have to build back even better schools. We need to take on the inequities that are exacerbated by this pandemic—and existed long before. We need a plan not just to keep students and educators safe, but to help our schools and communities thrive.
I’m looking forward to discussing all this and more with Dr. Biden and our panel. We would love for you to join—hope to see you there.