California Educator

October/November 2020

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In the Know Compiled by Julian Peeples Quotes & Numbers " We're fighting for free and fair elections, and working around the country to ensure that we will elect in 2020 people who see us, who hear us, and who will represent our values." — STACEY ABRAMS, Georgia political leader and founder of Fair Fight ( " It doesn't take much to be a great virtual teacher. Just top-notch tech, multiple devices, an understanding of every online resource, a spare room to turn into a classroom, professional lighting, mics, props, a production crew, and the CGI team from Marvel studios — that's it." — NICHOL AS FERRONI, New Jersey educator and social media personality (Twitter: @nicholasferroni). " We will get into good trouble every day, in every state, in every community all across this nation, to keep our students and educators safe and center our schools in equity and excellence during the COVID-19 crisis." — BECKY PRINGLE, newly elected NEA president. " Teaching is a revolutionary act! Ask yourself: Are your students asking you to be better? Are you standing up for your students who have been prejudged by others? That's what this is about. We need you in this fight." —CECILY MYART-CRUZ, United Teachers Los Angeles president. 70% Percentage of California voters casting vote-by-mail ballots in the March primary election. 20.9 million California registered voters as of July 3, according to the secretary of state's office. 28% Educators nationwide who said the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more likely to retire early or leave the profession, according to NEA. 757,778 COVID-19 cases statewide as of Sept. 13, with 14,385 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health. 6 out of 10 Americans who say education issues will be "extremely or very important" in deciding how they vote in the 2020 election, according to an August PDK International poll. 821 Registered voters in Alpine County, lowest statewide. 5,609,969 Registered voters in Los Angeles County, tops in the state. 14

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