Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Los Angeles,
Oakland…these are but a few of the movements taking place around
the country and our state among our colleagues who have grown
weary of large class sizes, inadequate facilities, budget cuts,
and outdated material. These are not political movements. These
are fights for our students and our profession! Wearing a #RedForED
button or t-shirt is showing a bond of solidarity with all
educators throughout the country. It is a statement that our
students deserve better and so do we.
At some point
all educators must take a stand that whether it is a strike, a
march, a button, a shirt or showing support for your local,
state and national professional associations, we want what is
best for our students. Having well-paid, fully qualified
educators is mandatory to sustaining our profession and the
promise of quality education for all of our students.
has been seen in the November elections when hundreds of
educators were elected to public office. It has been seen here
in California during the recent disasters when CTA members
responded with immediate support to educators affected by the
fires and floods. They assisted educators in temporarily housing
students when schools burned down and members lost their homes.
CTA’s Disaster Relief Fund gave immediate support to our members
and continues to do so.
All of these
things have shown the power of educators, the power of our voice
and our associations. #RedForEd has shown that we are not going
sit on the sidelines and be at the mercy of politicians. It says
that we are unified in our collective voice and desire to give
our students the best education possible.
It is time for all of us to stand up for our students and for
public education. It is time to stand for our profession in
solidarity. It is time not to be a spectator in your
professional associations, but instead to be a participant and
voice for change.