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By Nehemiah D. Frank, founder & editor-in-chief of The Black Wall Street Times, and delegate for the National Parents Union
If we return to schooling-as-usual after the COVID-19 wave recedes, we’ll be returning to an educational system that has repeatedly failed to teach and prepare Black and Brown children and children from low-income families for the 21st Century.
During 2020 lockdowns, we saw teachers across the country fight for their rights to teach virtually, and rightfully so. Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. Even teachers have succumbed to the virus.
Before COVID-19, we watched teachers shut down school districts across the country, seeking pay raises. Again, rightfully so. Teachers haven’t been valued in our society, but neither have Black and Brown kids.
Here’s the difference between how we’ve traditionally advocated: Most teachers have had the power of the Unions to back them, while parents, especially the Black and Brown ones, have had little to zero help in advocacy.
So while teachers continue advocating for their personal needs, as they should and many of them fighting with the luxury of teacher Unions to back them, who is fighting for our kids? How are schools preparing to close the learning gap that widens each day our Black and Brown kids attend school virtually and not in-person?
What if there was a parents union, equally as powerful as the teacher unions, to fight for you? What if the Teacher Unions and the Parents Union were fighting together?
Perhaps we can get more done!
Join me and my collages with the National Parents Union in our 2nd Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, — yes, like the school on 27th street in Tulsa. It’s named in her honor. And she will be our very special guest. Join us and learn how you can advocate for your kids during and after COVID.
REGISTER NOW, Don’t miss tonights Parent Town Hall
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