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Teachers getting behind Gun Control

Bad Ass Teachers are organizing and leading the charge in a Coalition to End Gun Violence in our Schools

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by Guest Post on
Mar 01, 2018

We pulled this text from an email we received from the Bad Ass Teachers Association and from their website. Major demonstrations are taking place across the country on April 20th. 

Dear BATs and BAT Supporters -

Please join the Coalition to End Gun Violence in our Schools - BATs, NPE, AFT, NEA, Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, AASA, and many more organizations on April 20th! Our website is live and full of information to guide you on April 20th.

Click here to see what you can do: 

1. Create an action in your school or community on April 20th to stand up to gun violence

2. Pledge your support to end gun violence

3. Register to vote

4. Spread the word!

NO MORE CHILDREN MURDERED IN OUR SCHOOLS.

NO MORE PARENTS SENDING A CHILD TO SCHOOL WHO NEVER COMES HOME.

NO MORE TEACHERS, COACHES, PRINCIPALS, LIBRARIANS, OR ANY SCHOOL STAFF STANDING BETWEEN STUDENTS AND A GUNMAN.

NO MORE.

What is the Badass Teachers' Association and what is their mission?

We, the members of the Badass Teachers Association, reject profit-driven education reform and through our advocacy demand:

• Student driven policies and systems that are equitably funded to meet the needs of the students and schools

• Elimination of high stakes standardized testing, arbitrary cut scores and value-added accountability systems used to evaluate children, educators and their schools

• Balanced evaluations designed to grow professional practice

• Protection of balanced, student-centered curriculum which includes, but is not limited to, performing and Fine Arts, Physical Education, Library, Foreign Languages, Career and Technical Education, and Recess

• Developmentally sound best practices and programs which augment the experiences of students with special needs and those learning the English language

• Educator-designed policies, standards and curricula that are supported by peer-reviewed research, as well as input from experienced classroom experts

• Academic freedom for educators and students, thus ensuring the best possible learning and teaching environment

• Excellent public education for all students, regardless of economic status, race, nationality, gender, religion, or sexual orientation

• School cultures rooted in equitable practices that honor the culture and history of all students and strive to heal and transform past and current oppressive systems

• Safe, clean, well-maintained professional workplace environments, free from bullying and harassment of students and educators

• Collective bargaining rights and due process

• Legislation that unequivocally directs accountability and transparency for charter schools

• Democratically elected school boards that solicit and openly work to include the input of the entire community they serve

 

Most of the children and teachers in this cartoon, including the girl reaching out to Feis, represent victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, which left 28 dead. Read more about this viral cartoon in the Washington Post.

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