Now, more than ever

CEA President Tracey D. Johnson recently commented at a United Way of Central Ohio Meeting: “There is something happening in our communities where our children have so many needs. Our children are more than a test score. They are coming to us with social and emotional and mental needs that we’re not equipped to deal with.”

During the meeting on Sept. 15 , which she was attending as a trustee, Johnson was responding tearfully to the news that 13-year-old Tyre King, a student at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, had been shot and killed by police the night before. He was running from officers who were investigating an armed-robbery report on the Near East Side when he pulled a BB gun from his waistband.

King is the 28th student in the district to die, and the 24th to die as the result of violence. CEA’s Social and Economic Justice Committee, led by Johnson, is working to help our families and their neighbors improve their lives. Stay tuned in to the CEA Voice for the work of this important committee.  Get involved.

Our students need you, now more than ever.