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April 2nd - Day of Action

Join educators, parents, and community leaders and raise your hand and voice for students and great public schools.

April 2 Raise Your Hand Online Activities

Beginning April 2, educators, parents and community leaders across the country will raise their hands for students and great public schools. Some will participate in live events across the country while others will participate online.

How to participate:

Using the hashtag #RYH4Ed, take at least one of the actions below, post about it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, everywhere and ask your networks to support public education by taking the same action.

  1. Post photos from events you attend in person using #RYH4Ed so we can ReTweet them or share on Facebook.
  2. Share your story about how your students will benefit if you had more “time-to-teach” and freedom to “teach2learn, not 2test.” Use #RYH4Ed so we can see and share.
  3. Visit this NEA online Legislative Action Center page and send an email to your member of Congress asking them to reduce the federal role in testing. Share the following link when you’re done, asking your friends to do the same:

On Capitol Hill

Too often, the voices of real-world experience are absent from policy initiatives in public education. This day of learning will chart a new course. Panels of educators, researchers, and scholars will explore such questions as:

  • What impact do educators have on their students? 
  • Can we measure what makes an educator effective?
  • Are there proven programs for children of poverty?
  • How should students and educators be evaluated?

Download the agenda for the April 2 Real-World Perspectives On Public Education panel discussions.

Won't be in Washington?

Get involved in your community!

Here are some featured events that will be happening across the country:

Who: Oklahoma Education Association
What: Join thousands of school employees and public education supporters to rally and draw attention to the dire need for better funding for public education
When: March 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Where: Oklahoma State Capitol 
            2300 N Lincoln Blvd
            Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Who: Prince William Education Association (Virginia)
What: Rally to support class size reduction, show support for school staff and for fully funding the school division's proposed budget. "Like" PWEA on Facebook for updates and information.
When: April 1, 2014 at 7 PM
Where: Prince William County Office Building
            1 County Complex Court
            Prince William, VA 22192

Who: Tennessee Education Association
What: Show legislators that we are still watching them and we care about the changes they are imposing on public education. Come join your colleagues on the Hill and bring friends, children and family members with you! Don't forget to wear red for public ed.
When: April 1, 2014 at 10 AM
Where: Tennessee State Capitol
            600 Charlotte Ave
            Nashville, TN 37243

Who: Mississippi Association of Educators
What: Community forum with parents, community partners and educators to discuss the need for course correction on Common Core, take steps to support student and educator success, and raise awareness of what full funding and resources for public school would mean to parents, students, and educators. "Like" MAE on Facebook for updates and information.
When: April 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Where: Jackson Medical Mall Community Center
            350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave
            Jackson, MS 39213

Who: Loudoun Education Association (Virginia)
What: Rally at Board of Supervisors to fully fund schools. Click here to RSVP.
When: April 2, 2014 at 4 PM
Where: Loudoun County Government Center
            1 Harrison Street, S.E.
            Leesburg, VA 20175

Who: Kansas NEA
What: Rally and tell our elected officials that Kansas public schools and students are the #1 priority and should be funded properly now!
When: April 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM
Where: Topeka High School
            800 SW 10th St
            Topeka, KS 66612

For more information about other events, contact:

Sarah Markey, NEA Center for Organizing | 202-276-0486

A New Vision

NEA’s Accountability Task Force Report

What would an education system look like in which all students, educators, and public schools are successful and everyone knows it? The 2014 NEA Representative Assembly established the NEA Task Force on Accountability to "develop plans for a full system of public school accountability and support."

Read the full report and Task Force Recommendations.