“We must listen to our educators, and this forum seeks to highlight the realities of what’s actually going on in our classrooms and school sites so we can turn that into meaningful legislation to address the issues we face on a daily basis,” said Dawn Etcheverry, President of the Nevada State Education Association.
Since the COVID pandemic, educators left their jobs in record numbers due to low pay and severely low morale. There are still thousands of school vacancies, with many more positions being covered by long-term substitutes or, in some of our rural areas, privately contracted virtual teachers.
To address these concerns, NSEA has launched both Time For 20 and the Respect Educators Act. Time for 20 means a 20% raise for every Nevada educator, a $20/hour minimum wage in our schools, and average class sizes of 20 students. The Respect Educators Act would elevate the safety, well-being, and autonomy of educators in their work. This includes guaranteeing educators have their professional judgment and discretion respected by school and district administrators and are treated with civility and respect.