The following is public comment the People's Alliance Education Action Team submitted to the Durham Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education regarding the district's decision last Thursday to reopen public schools for in-person instruction.
The People’s Alliance Education Action Team urges the Durham School Board to adapt a few key elements of its recent decision to reopen public schools for face-to-face instruction in March.
To better protect the health and safety of Durham Public Schools students, families, and staff, we urge the Board to:
Over recent months, People's Alliance action team members have worked together with the PA Board of Directors and community partners to create a set of budget recommendations for Durham City and Durham County's coming fiscal year. Our members work towards our vision of a just, equitable, and inclusive community where all people thrive in several interconnected areas — economic justice, education, housing, environmental justice, and race equity. These funding priorities offer a way for the city and county to address multiple issues at once as part of a just COVID-19 recovery.Read more
People's Alliance has been fighting for living wages in our community since 1997, when we helped to secure passage of the first municipal living wage ordinance in NC by the Durham City Council. This week, we — following the leadership of the Durham Association of Educators and with other partners like Durham for All and Durham Beyond Policing — helped secure another win for economic justice: the Durham Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to make a $15/hour minimum wage for school workers retroactive to July 2020. We sent this note of thanks to our county commissioners and are sharing it here, too.Read more