This is the last CEA Today of the school year. We will return on Friday, September 11th. Until then, please monitor your emails for the CEA Action Line (through the end of the legislative session and for the upcoming election season), the CEA Government Relations page on our website, and CEA social media. We will also continue to post updates to our COVID-19 Resource Page as needed. As always, please reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your questions, comments, or concerns.
Racial Justice Resources
Recognizing, standing up and fighting the institutional racism and white privilege is not going to be easy but an endeavor we must undertake to ensure that our children grow up in a loving, welcoming and inclusive Colorado and United States. Here are some resources that we hope can help you navigate these tough times.
CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert statement on the George Floyd killing: https://www.coloradoea.org/cea-statement-cea-president-on-the-killing-of-george-floyd-and-racial-discrimination-and-violence-in-america/
Lily’s Blackboard: Blog by NEA President on Mr. Floyd’s death. Includes links from several other entities.
Here are some resources from NEA on racial justice in education:
- NEA Ed Justice – Racial Justice in Education: https://neaedjustice.org/racial-justice-is-education-justice/
- RJE Resource Guide: https://neaedjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Racial-Justice-in-Education.pdf
Resources from other racial justice sites:
- Race Equity Tools: https://www.racialequitytools.org
- Teaching While White: https://teachingwhilewhite.org
- Showing Up for Racial Justice: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/
- Kirwin Institute: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/
- Telling the Right Story on Race during COVID-19: http://colorofchange.org/narrativepower
- Policing, Protest, Racial Injustice RCN Messaging Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R9u4r4yw8FeEbYBus8bqtDmAQT-Sh5LR/view
Collect Signatures on Fair Tax Day, June 13th
The day we safely gather signatures for Initiative #271 in our communities is almost here! Saturday, June 13th is Fair Tax Day – a day for public education supporters to gather a sizable chunk of the signatures we need to place a fair tax on the ballot in Election 2020. We need volunteers like you to create pop-up signing stations across Colorado. The location can be a school, church, university, library, or even in front of your home. It’s as easy as this:
Will you set up a table and gather signatures, June 13th? Signing up is easy, and so is setting up a signing station. Use this form to tell Fair Tax Colorado where you plan to construct your station and what time so the campaign can let interested signers know where to find you. FTC will send you information on how to set up your table and safely gather signatures. The due date for petitions is fast approaching. In light of devastating cuts to education, the need for a fair tax has never been greater. Join us in celebrating Fair Tax Day, Saturday, June 13th, for our students and educators. Click here if you still need an Initiative #271 petition. Additionally, here are some resources to help you on Fair Tax Day.
Join a Special Fair Tax Webinar for CEA Members on June 8th
Passing a fair tax measure in Election 2020 will help families and communities rebound from coronavirus, keep Coloradans healthy and provide sustained school funding for improving teacher and ESP compensation. Register here for a one-hour Zoom session especially designed to help educators talk about a fair tax code to voters in their community. It’s happening Monday June 8th at 4:00 p.m. This is a great space to ask questions and learn more about Fair Tax Colorado and Initiative #271.
State Leaders: Avoid Deep School Cuts With a Fair Tax
Right at the moment we need to invest more in our students to ensure they don’t fall behind during the pandemic, the state is instead looking to slash more than $1 billion from our public schools. Add your name to this petition from Great Education Colorado, urging Gov. Polis and our legislators to support Fair Tax Colorado. You’ll be redirected to a page with easy instructions on how to send a message to your elected officials. Great Ed has done all the writing. All you have to do is customize the prewritten text (if you want to) and press send.
Demand Senators Send COVID-19 Relief to the States
Colorado is staring at a scary $3.3 billion shortfall due to lost revenue from the coronavirus crisis. The U.S. House passed the HEROES Act, an historic bill that would help avoid the worst of the education cuts that are expected because of falling state revenues and Great Depression-level unemployment. But the bill’s fate is uncertain in the U.S. Senate. If we don’t act now for federal funding, we won’t be able to give students the help, support and opportunity they need when school buildings reopen. Write our senators now and demand they prioritize our students and educators with dedicated funding for public schools.
Feedback Needed on CDE’s Plan to Reopen Schools
The Colorado Department of Education has made their draft guidance and toolkit for reopening schools available to the public. This plan is only a draft and now we have an opportunity to provide educator – and parent – voice through this feedback form.
Tell Your Story to CEA
Are you an educator or do you know an educator making an exceptional impact on their students, parents or community? CEA wants to know what our members are doing, in this time of social distancing, that’s making a difference in their students’ lives. Go to CEA’s Tell Your Story page and CEA Communications will get in touch with you or the member to highlight their accomplishment in the media, our social media, and the CEA Journal member magazine. Spread the word and let us help your members share their wonderful stories.
Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin
This week, Amie and Kevin talk about solidarity.
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