The National Education Association Is Projecting a 125,000-Member Loss Due to COVID Layoffs – Teaching Now

The nation’s largest teachers’ union is bracing for a significant membership decline due to the anticipated wave of teacher and staff layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, the union’s revenue will actually increase by about $7 million next year because of a dues increase for teachers and support employees. 

In its proposed strategic plan and budget, the National Education Association says it has about 2.42 million full-time equivalent members this year. In the 2020-21 budget year, the union expects membership to fall to 2.29 million. (This number includes teachers, education support professionals, and retirees. In total, the NEA

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NEA’s Lily Eskelsen García Talks Racial Justice, COVID Layoffs, and Leaving Office – Teaching Now

Lily Eskelsen García, a former Utah Teacher of the Year who got her start in schools as a lunch lady, will soon step down as president of the National Education Association.

Eskelsen García, age 65, has been at the helm of the nation’s largest labor union for six years now—during which she has overseen the appointment of an education secretary who has frequently clashed with teachers’ unions, a historic wave of teacher activism, a U.S. Supreme Court blow to unions, and now a global pandemic that has changed how schools operate.

When she first took office in 2014, her

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As Schools Plan for Reopening, Worried Teachers Say They Have More Questions Than Answers – Teaching Now

Across the country, schools are planning a return to at least some in-person instruction in the fall—but teachers say they still have many unanswered questions about how it will all work. 

If a teacher is exposed to someone with COVID-19, will they have to use their sick days to self-quarantine for two weeks? What extra responsibilities will teachers be tasked with to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the classroom? What accommodations will be made for teachers who are high-risk, or who live with a high-risk person? Will they be guaranteed their jobs if they opt to teach remotely?

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Do History Books Adequately Reflect People of Color? Most Educators Say Yes – Teaching Now

Most educators think that history textbooks do a pretty good job of portraying the experiences of people of color, according to a survey by the EdWeek Research Center.

The new results arrive as the country is wrestling with questions about the way racial inequity shapes key institutions, including policing and schools.

EdWeek surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,150 teachers, principals, and district leaders June 17 and 18 about the history textbooks they use in their schools. The survey asked them to characterize how well their textbooks reflect the experiences of people of color. Seven in 10 said their textbooks

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