In the face of daunting challenges, teachers and school leaders have maintained their steadfast commitment to meeting the needs of every student. The 30+ year narrative of failing schools resulting in punitive-focused policies has been allowed to echo for too long. It is time for a new voice to rise. A voice that remained dormant in the face of destructive forces.
Educators possess a uniquely powerful voice. Their voice can build a child up. Their voice can help a student believe in a future they never thought possible. Their voice can get a family through a tough time, or rally a community. Their voice can shape and inform policy at the state and local level.
Raise your voice because student voices matter. Raise your voice because school leader voices matter. Raise your voice because parent, community, and business voices matter. Raise your voice because teacher and aspiring teacher voices matter. Raise Your voice because your voice matters.
It is time for public education voices to rise.