Education Justice During the Coronavirus Crisis
Fund Public Schools and Colleges. Stop Budget Cuts and Layoffs. Ensure Equity and Resources in Learning. Cancel Student Debt. Cancel the MCAS. Pass Emergency Paid Sick Days Legislation. Ensure Housing and Food Stability.
Public schools are the last line of defense for so many people in our communities. The global coronavirus emergency is changing how we live our lives every day, and public education is no exception.
There is no normal at the end of this tunnel. We won’t be able to go back to the way things were before. No amount of online resources will be able to replace the in-person learning students are losing this year.
This crisis will worsen educational inequities, cost college students entire semesters, and set students back in their education. The sooner we accept these realities, the better we can plan for how to repair them.
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the major flaws that exist in our educational and economic systems, from the inequity between rich and poor school systems to the housing and food insecurity many families face. These inequities hamper efforts to address the crisis.
After Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 Recession, students and working class people were left behind by the short-term response and further harmed by the austerity measures that accompanied the long-term response. We can’t let history repeat itself.
We must ensure that solutions center the students, workers, and families who are being harmed the most.
We also support the full list of policies being advocated for by AFT Massachusetts, Boston Teachers Union, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and the Mass UnDocuFund, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and PHENOM.
Charlotte Kelly, Executive Director, MEJA
Zac Bears, Executive Director, Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts
Lisa Guisbond, Executive Director, Citizens for Public Schools
Lily Huang, Co-Director, Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Beth Kontos, President, AFT Massachusetts
Merrie Najimy, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
Carlos Rojas Alvarez, Director of Education Justice Campaigns, Youth On Board
Jessica Tang, President, Boston Teachers Union