California Educator

April/May 2021

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Compiled by Julian Peeples Quotes & Numbers 10% Percentage of the state's COVID-19 vaccine doses set aside for educators by Gov. Gavin Newsom in February. "As educators, our job is to educate and teach the truth — all of our truths. That's why we have fought so hard for ethnic studies, so that these truths aren't just consigned to a day or a week or a month." —CTA President E. Toby Boyd, addressing the Equity and Human Rights Conference in February. "This pandemic has taken the heaviest toll on students of color, low-income families, English learners, students in rural communities, and students with disabilities. I am committed to rolling up my sleeves and addressing this head-on because America's students deserve nothing less." —Miguel Cardona, newly confirmed U.S. secretary of education. "You cannot be part of the social justice movement if you do not support the rights of workers!" —Dolores Huerta, legendary organizer and activist, at an event supporting California Charter Educators United. " The Department of Education needs to recognize the trauma this pandemic has inflicted on our students and waive standardized testing for this academic year. Then, we must provide parents and teachers with resources to support our students as they resume in-person learning." —U.S. representative and former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman. "We have an unprecedented opportunity to create the public schools all students — Black and white, Native and newcomer, Hispanic and Asian alike — need and deserve. Our work is not over." —NEA President Becky Pringle, upon President Biden's signing of the American Rescue Plan into law. 2,400 to 1 Student-to-school-nurse ratio in California in 2018-19 (the most recent data available), according to KidsData. $15.3 billion Amount California K-12 schools will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief package. 3.58 million COVID-19 cases in California, as of April 6. 58,541 COVID-19 deaths statewide, as of April 6. 13 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 21 I

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