The Little Rock Education Association, an affiliate of the Arkansas Education Association, has declared a one-day strike on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 to protest actions that members there say will lead to the resegregation of Little Rock’s public schools.  Those educators are unwilling to return to Little Rock’s troubled past, which included an Executive Order from President Eisenhauer and the use of the National Guard to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, following the 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

To ensure that Little Rock students are not pushed back, LREA members are fighting to stop a dangerous plan that threatens to resegregate the district.  Please see the letter below from the LREA President Teresa Knapp Gordon for ways that you can support your LREA colleagues.

The letter:

As you are aware, there is an ongoing crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas between the Governor, the State Board of Education, the Secretary of Education, and the educators and community of Little Rock School District.  We are in the fight of our lives for the future of our public schools and our children.  We would appreciate any and all support that you and your membership could send our way.  Some specific asks:

  1. Send messages of support on our Twitter feed @LREAintheRock, #OneLRSD
  2. Send messages of support on our Facebook page-Little Rock Education Association and Like and Share the page. Daily asks will be posted on the page.
  3. Send emails urging the State Board to return the district to full local control with a school board that has full decision-making authority immediately and to stop trying to resegregate LRSD. Emails to send messages to are:
  4. Tweet messages to give LRSD back to the people and No Resegregation of LRSD to @AsaHutchinson and @JohnnyKey_AR and @DianeZook
  5. Donate to LREA’s Strike Fund here – https://www.gofundme.com/f/lrea-member-care-fund .
  6. Black out your Facebook page on Nov. 13 and post that you are in mourning over the death of public education in Little Rock.

LREA and its members appreciate any and all support that you can provide.

In Solidarity,

Teresa Knapp Gordon, President
Little Rock Education Association

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