We Cannot Reopen Schools Until It Is Safe

Since schools closed in March, NEA and CTA have said that the health and safety of our students and educators must always be our top priority and our guiding principle during the COVID-19 crisis. As we approach a new school year, there is increasing pressure from some lawmakers to reopen schools, at the same time the virus is surging across our state and nation.

We Cannot Reopen Schools Until It Is Safe

President Donald Trump implored the nation’s schools to reopen. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia responded to this on a number of media outlets, saying, "America must listen to the health experts on when to reopen schools and to educators on how to return to in-person instruction.”

And today, CTA President E. Toby Boyd sent this message to California’s top lawmakers: "As educators, we want to be back with our students doing the work that we love, but we cannot ignore science, facts, and safety. Simply said, California cannot reopen schools until they are safe."

Read CTA's letter to lawmakers here, and read comments by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia here.

CTA is urging state leaders to seek much-needed additional revenues to ensure safety in schools and communities. Watch the ad campaign we launched urging lawmakers to adopt additional measures, such as suspending corporate tax credits and exemptions or imposing a tax on the wealthiest billionaires, to help our communities survive.

Funding for Our Schools & Communities

DID YOU KNOW? California's 154 billionaires increased their net worth by 25% during the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, while nearly 1 in 5 Californians lost their job. #TaxCABillionaires to avoid more cuts to schools, child care and health care. Take action here, and remember to tell your U.S. Senators to pass the HEROES Act, which will help close state and local budget gaps.

Yes on Proposition 15!

The Schools & Communities First (SCF) initiative will be on the November ballot as Proposition 15, and if passed, will close corporate tax loopholes to reclaim $12 billion a year for critical local services, essential workers and schools.

We can do this! Help support Prop. 15 so we can invest in local governments, schools and other public services. Learn more here, and support Prop. 15