Today's Date: May 29, 2022
Five Bluum Standouts Honored on CRN 2022 Women of the Channel List   •   The Sun Bus and Epiphany Dermatology: Offering FREE Skin Cancer Screenings and Education Throughout the Midwest   •   Mrs. Flowers Takes the Helm at Comfort Home Care, Rockville, MD   •   Tracey Hayes from MicroAge Named on CRN's 2022 Women of the Channel Power 70 Solution Providers List   •   Blast Motion, Inc. Signs Haley Cruse and Paige Halstead to New Team of Softball Ambassadors; Will Lead Movement to Empower Femal   •   Adtalem’s Medical Schools Graduate More Than 750 Medical School Students1 at 2022 Commencement Ceremonies   •   Closing the Health Disparity Gap for Black Women   •   Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann Becomes First Black Woman Ever Appointed to Lead a Multidistrict Litigation with   •   Checkmarx' Ana Lucia Amaral Honored as a CRN 2022 Woman of the Channel   •   Infinitely Expand Your Home Automation System With Ezlo’s New Smart Home Bundle.   •   Global Surrogacy Services Announces Outreach to Potential Gestational Surrogates in Three Southwestern States   •   Four recipients of the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Nursing announced from Indigenous Services Canada   •   NCCI Golf Event Generates $25,000 for Kids' Chance of America Scholarships   •   Respawn and Lucasfilm Games Unveil Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the Next Epic Chapter in the Acclaimed Action-Adventure Series   •   Novel Assay for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer From Mercy BioAnalytics Significantly Outperforms CA125 in New Research Presen   •   Six Flags St. Louis Kicks Off Summer Season with the New CATWOMAN Whip and Adventure Cove   •   Equitable Bank Releases Inaugural ESG Performance Report   •   RNR Tire Express Surprises Tampa-Area Woman with New Car in Mother's Day Giveaway   •   VeriSIM Life CEO Dr. Jo Varshney Shares Pioneering Approach to Business and Life with MSNBC Mika Brzezinski's Know Your Value Pl   •   Estudio DC con Gerson Borrero Wins Four Telly Awards
Bookmark and Share

National Education Association panel focuses on education equity issues

NEA members and minority community panelists discuss education and race 

SAN DIEGO—Noted leaders from ethnic minority communities joined more than 500 educators today for a spirited discussion on race, education and culture in America. Moderated by Washington Post Associate Editor Eugene Robinson, the panel included Georgetown University professor and acclaimed author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, award winning film producer Moctesuma Esparza, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Olympic gold medalist Bill Mills. NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen added the viewpoint of educators. The panel discussion was sponsored by NEA's Minority Community Outreach Department as part of the Association's Annual Meeting. 

Robinson started the discussion by asking panelists what difference they think President Obama will make in terms of public education. Noted scholar and popular author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson told the audience that it's okay to question the president. Dyson said, "Recess is over. Teachers must be given adequate resources.” 

Rep. Honda, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, called for a public dialogue on equity in public education. Honda said he is not sure that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will be reauthorized this year, but he said he hopes health care and immigration legislation that can positively affect education equity issues will be passed during this Congress. Honda said congressional leaders from both parties are hearing from educators and the public about the negative effects of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Responding for educators, NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen said caring and competent teachers will help to change and improve public education for all students. Eskelsen said when asked what's needed to make public schools better, she responds, "teachers like me.” She told the audience of educators, "It's our job to fall in love with someone else's children and care for them on a daily basis as if they were our own.” 

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Moctesuma Esparza challenged educators to be more vocal if they want to change a system in which a high percentage of minority students drop out of school. 

Olympic gold medalist Bill Mills, who was the inspiration for the film Running Brave, praised President Obama saying that this is the first time in the history of this nation that Native Americans have a voice. Mills said the president made a campaign promise to meet with elected tribal officials, and the meeting has been scheduled for later this year. 

There was considerable discussion of charter schools and the role they can play in helping to improve public education. "What we learn from charter schools should benefit all students,” Eskelsen told the audience. "Charter schools must connect to the larger system so that best practices can help more than a few students.” 

The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News