It is now week 30 of our new education reality.
Back in January, we shared the 50CAN network’s 43 legislative goals for 2020. When school buildings closed in March, we threw out the campaign rulebook and committed ourselves to a new series of spring goals focused on immediate needs like hunger and Internet access. Then in the summer, we launched our third series of campaigns for 2020 focused on emergency spending for our schools.
Today, building upon the Fund Everything and Measure Everything policy frameworks released six weeks ago, we are launching an unprecedented fourth round of policy campaigns for 2020 because the urgent needs of America’s students can’t wait.
These fall goals are focused on getting money directly in the hands of families, removing the red tape to educational innovation and ensuring that we all know how well our students are doing. They are designed to address the urgent needs that are now in sharp relief as we struggle to make the 2020-21 school year work for kids.
As journalist Alec MacGillis documents in his heart breaking New Yorker article following the life of one student in Baltimore, our education response is failing: “While we dutifully stayed home to flatten the curve, children like Shemar were invisible.”
We can’t afford to lose a whole generation of students. We can’t afford to wait until next year to tackle their urgent needs. We have to do everything we can to make their problems visible to America’s policy makers and insist they take action to help America’s students right now.
Moment of Resilience
Over 500,000 students in New York City, the nation’s largest school system, headed back to school last week.
The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner interviewed students as they headed into school, including kindergartener Jacob Velez.
Can you tell me about your shirt?
Jacob: I don’t really read, so I don’t know what it says.
It says “My Mom Is a Boss.”
Jacob: Ha ha, yes! She rules in the house.