KEA Joins Walk-In Campaign
KPS teachers will hold walk-ins to raise awareness about educational issues.
Members of the Kalamazoo Education Association will join members of the Michigan Education Association and the National Education Association for a “walk in” at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 to celebrate the theme “Schools Our Students Deserve.”
Amanda Miller, president of the KEA, said the union’s 800 members will all participate in some way in the awareness-raising campaign, coordinated by the group Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.
At several schools, teachers will gather outside the buildings before the school day begins with signs promoting the need for adequate funding for education, more time for learning, and less time spent on standardized testing, Miller said. Other educators may be taking photos or have signs up supporting the effort.
Last year about 80 cities participated in the effort. This year about 200 are expected to join the walk-ins, which were moved to October to bring education issues to the forefront during the election cycle, Miller said.
KPS Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said, "We appreciate the leadership of our association regarding the important themes of school funding and time for learning and appreciate the opportunity to join others across the country in this consciousness-raising activity."
For more information, visit reclaimourschools.org or visit the Kalamazoo Education Association on Facebook.
Cutline: Prairie Ridge Elementary School teachers participated in an earlier walk-in.