Did you know that a student who cannot read on grade level by 4th grade is four times more likely to drop out of high school? Reading as well as writing is essential to a student's academic success. On Friday, Sept. 8, Stand for Children joins with organizations across the world to celebrate International Literacy Day. We'll be hosting literacy events at schools and libraries across the country to help children discover a love of learning while giving parents access to tools and resources that will help them promote literacy at home. Literacy makes a world of difference! Click the link below for more information about where these events are taking place and for more literacy resources.
May is Teacher Appreciation Month and Stand for Children is celebrating by sharing the stories of several incredible educators. Besides helping students learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, excellent teachers help students learn courage, respect, and inclusion. They make an undeniable impact on their students' achievement and shape the next generation of upstanding leaders. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, we'd like to thank all teachers who teach beyond the textbook.
The Trump administration's proposed budget would cut $9 billion from education - the largest cuts the department has ever seen. This is unacceptable. These cuts would make it even harder for American children to achieve their dreams. Millions of students could have an even harder time affording college. Thousands of teachers could lose their jobs. Crucial extracurricular programs and teacher training programs could disappear. Stand up for children, and tell your Congressperson to oppose the education budget cuts.
With the new administration's increased attention to immigration, public schools across the country are figuring out ways to support and protect their immigrant students, teachers, and families. Students are having difficulties focusing on learning since they are fearful of deportation, despite deferred action under DACA. The constant threat of deportation is disrupting education across the nation, which is why thousands of school superintendents and other education leaders have signed onto a letter aimed at protecting these young immigrants.