World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 30 Mar, 2021 05:45 am

Tennessee teachers cannot trust Governor Lee with the $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds!

Tennessee teachers cannot trust Governor Lee with the $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds!
The experience of educators in Tennessee and across the US has exposed that not even the most minuscule reform will be achieved without teachers entering into struggle and putting forward their own demands.

If the Department of Education had immediately used these funds appropriately, the state could have helped provide high tech remote learning across the state at the start of the pandemic.Instead, Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn shed crocodile tears for the crisis in education and decried the horrible “learning loss” that they claimed students experienced from remote learning.While many parents and teachers have raised issues with remote learning, the reality is that remote learning was designed to fail.As the pandemic continues to spread and with many districts offering remote learning in the fall, we demand adequate resources and training for teachers to provide a high quality education to remote students.

In opposition to this, the Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands the following: • Smaller class sizes!Research has supported the benefits of smaller class sizes to student achievement for years.

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