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National Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Educators During COVID Crisis

90 Percent of Louisiana Educators Engaging in Distance Learning; Many Cite Lack of Student Access to Technology as Biggest Obstacle

Baton Rouge – May 27, 2020 - The COVID-19 crisis may have closed school buildings across Louisiana, but it didn’t stop teachers and other school employees from working to ensure their students continue to receive the educational and emotional support that's provided in our public schools. Results from a national poll commissioned by the National Education Association (NEA) show more than 90 percent of LAE members reported doing some form of distance learning during the time schools have been closed. LAE President Dr. Tia Mills says this shows Louisiana educators’ dedication to the work they do to impact the lives of kids.

“Never have Louisiana’s educators been more appreciated—even as they work with students from a distance,” Dr. Mills said. “We are grateful for the work they do that extends far beyond the walls of the classroom.”

The national survey was conducted by GBAO Strategies and focused on COVID-19's impact on educators' working and students' learning conditions. 


A separate poll of parents, conducted April 3-7, found that 9 in 10 parents have a favorable view of how their children’s teachers are handling education practices during pandemic, but a lack of interent access coupled with students lacking the needed techonology to connect in online settings was a big concern for both parents and educators. This is one of the most significant reasons why lawmakers, at both the state and federal levels, must prioritize relief funding. It is crucial for Louisiana to close the digital gaps in our communities when it comes to broadband/technology access, so educators can minimize the impacts of learning disruptions and get back to doing what they do best: instilling a love of learning in their studenlts. 

On May 27, 2020, LAE leaders announced their partnership with NEA in an effort to amplify the voices of students, families, and educators through the We Rise Together initiative. LAE and NEA leaders are urging teachers, school support professionals, parents, grandparents, students -- every single public school supporter – to visit to contact U.S. Senators and Representatives telling them to approve the critical funding for schools laid out in the HEROES ACT. While the bill is not perfect, it does include vital resources to help our communities bounce back from COVID-19. Dr. Mills said if lawmakers don’t come to a swift agreement on the legislation soon, the future of the 2020-2021 school year will be uncertain.

"Funding for student learning materials will be slashed. Class sizes will balloon. Inequities in our public schools and communities will only worsen, especially for those students who don’t have the broadband internet and technology they need to continue engaging with their teachers," Mills said. "If that doesn’t scare every parent, elected official, and public health expert, I don’t know what will. We are strongest when we rise together, so we are calling upon our communities to join us in our efforts to secure the needed funds laid out in the HEROES Act."

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