The message of NEA’s “We Rise Together” campaign, a national call to demand Congress pass the HEROES Act to help stabilize education funding, couldn’t be any clearer:
“If we don’t do something, it’s going to get worse,” cautioned NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, during a national tele-town hall with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), and award-winning actor Bradley Whitford, as well as thousands of education activists. The group underscored throughout the hour-long call that the “something” is to take collective action to urge Congress to pass a new coronavirus relief bill.
“Schools depend on tax revenues: income tax, sales tax, property tax,” said Eskelsen García. “With so many people out of work, not going shopping, businesses closed, tax revenue is falling off a cliff—and that means school funding won’t be there when [school districts] need it in the fall.”