Our kids’ lives matter

The CEA Social and Economic Justice Committee (SEJC) will hold a very important event TONIGHT:   “The Community in Crisis Summit.” This event is from 6-8 p.m. at East HS. The summit will focus on violence in our communities. Columbus City Schools has lost 18 current and former students this school year alone. Join us as we collaborate with community members, labor, activists and fellow members to discuss this important issue.

Detroit’s teachers take it to court

The Detroit Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit in Michigan state court against the city school system over what they claim are unsafe conditions. CBS News showed union president Ivy Bailey saying, “Educators have been snubbed, ignored, disrespected, and punished when they informed the school district of specific safety and health problems.” The lawsuit calls for repairs to schools and the firing of Darnell Earley, the governor-appointed schools emergency manager. The Washington Post reported that the lawsuit focuses on “terrible” conditions at Detroit schools, “including missing ceiling tiles, buckled floors, exposed wires and mold, as well as infestations of roaches and rats.” The lawsuit claims the facilities violate students’ constitutional right to a “minimally adequate education.”

He learned the message of love

Martin Luther King III was 10 years old when his father was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Six years later, Martin’s paternal grandmother was killed while playing the church organ. Young Martin could have spent his life living in fear—had it not been for the example of his elders. Find out in the upcoming CEA Voice more about what the MLK Awards Banquet keynoter had to say about his life and the future of our country as we honored his father’s legacy.