Educators and Public Comment
GEA believes that teachers are the experts in the classroom, and we do everything we can to elevate teachers’ voices in the plans that affect your classroom. We will often call on members to write to the school board or the legislature, or otherwise speak up on matters of policy. As your advocates, we also have a role in protecting your employment and keeping you from getting in trouble. It is in that spirit that we offer the following advice:
As licensed public-school educators, there are limitations to our first amendment rights. If you choose to speak publicly about your concerns regarding school reopening, it is recommended you keep the following in mind:
As stated above, GEA encourages educators to speak out about issues impacting employment and the health and safety of employees and students. This post is not a discouragement of professional and necessary communication with elected leaders. Keep your letters and concerns coming, just be mindful of appropriate guidelines.
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