July 21, 2020

ADVISORY: Students, School Staff Share Perspectives on Reopening K-12 Schools

As schools begin to release their reopening plans, the Education Justice Collective’s Move School Forward team, which includes the Student Voice Team, is hosting a Town Hall about organizing safe, equitable and justice-centered transitions back to school in the fall. Using a student-moderated “town hall'' format, those directly impacted by school reopenings — students, school staff and administration — will answer both pre-submitted and live questions from members of the media and the public. The event will close with specific calls to actions for viewers to advance increased federal funding for schools and participate in nationwide direct actions to demand teacher and student safety. ‍

What: Town Hall on Reopening K-12 Schools Who:

  • Krupa Hegde (moderator), Coping with COVID Project Lead, Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

  • Lu Young, Chair, Kentucky Board of Education

  • Chloe Pressley, high school senior, C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia

  • Malinalli Perez, high school junior, Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate in Los Angeles, CA

  • Jonathan Haines, RN, school nurse in Boston Public Schools, member of the Boston Teachers Union Nurse Faculty Senate and the BTU Collective Bargaining Committee

  • Dmitri Holtzman (guest), Director of Education Justice Campaigns, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) ‍

When: Tuesday, July 21st at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST

Where: Interested students, journalists and members of the public can register for the town hall on Zoom. The event will also be streamed live and posted afterwards to YouTube.


Questions: Students, journalists and members of the public are invited to submit questions for speakers ahead of time or ask questions in the live chat during the event.  ‍

Please RSVP and direct additional inquiries to Jenna Yuan, Student Voice’s Director of Communications, at jenna@stuvoice.org or 425-260-8146.

The Kentucky Student Voice Team is a statewide organization of young people who are co-creating more just, democratic Kentucky schools & communities as research, policy & advocacy partners.


It was founded in 2012 at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky—early childhood through postsecondary. Since 2021, KSVT has been an independent organization.

The Education Justice Collective

The Education Justice Collective

The Education Justice Collective is a group of youth-driven organization. It includes the Kentucky Student Voice Team and the following organizations.

Student Voice

Student Voice

Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.

GenUp

GenUp

GENup is a California-based, nationwide student-led social justice organization and student-activist coalition that strives to advocate for education through the power of youth voices!

Houston Independent School District Student Congress

Houston Independent School District Student Congress

Houston Independent School District Student Congress (HISD StuCon) represents more than 215,000 students in the largest school district in Texas. Founded in 2014, StuCon is an independent student-run, student-led organization that pushes stakeholders across Houston and the State of Texas to take students seriously and facilitate their agency. For more information, follow @HISDStuCon on social media.

Iowa Student Learning Institute

Iowa Student Learning Institute

Iowa Student Learning Institute is a student-run nonprofit organization dedicated to revolutionizing Iowa’s approach to education through the power of student voice

Oregon Student Voice

Oregon Student Voice

We are a youth-led nonprofit organization empowering all students to be active agents in shaping their K-12 education in Oregon. We are run by students for students.

Our Turn

Our Turn

Our Turn mobilizes, amplifies, and elevates the voices of students in the fight for education equity. Through our organizing campaigns, leadership development, and national voice, young people channel their power to spark a new movement for justice

Students Toward Equitable Public Schools

Students Toward Equitable Public Schools

Students Toward Equitable Public Schools is a Montgomery County, Maryland, based, student-led coalition, aimed at promoting a culture of diverse, equitable learning so that all Montgomery County Public School students can reap the benefits of a world class education, regardless of where they live or how much money they make.

Students for Education Equity

Students for Education Equity

The Students for Education Equity Coalition is a youth-led movement which includes student-led organizations and education stakeholders from across California, from prominent student board members to student-led educational advocacy organizations.

Teens Take Charge

Teens Take Charge

Teens Take Charge is a student-led movement for educational equity in New York City.

UnifiEd

UnifiEd

UrbEd Advocates

UrbEd Advocates

Started in Philadelphia, UrbEd combines community organizing and policy to uplift students, educate communities, and develop coalitions to give students the education they deserve.

Young Organizers United

Young Organizers United

Youth Activism Project

Youth Activism Project

The Youth Activism Project teaches teens movement-building skills to make policy impact at all levels of government.