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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-260-8146.
Student Voice Team
The Student Voice Team was founded in 2012 at the Prichard Committee, a nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky for all ages. Since 2021, they have been the Kentucky Student Voice Team, an independent, statewide organization organization of young people who are co-creating more just, democratic Kentucky schools & communities as research, policy & advocacy partners.
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.
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.
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.