Educators call on St. Louis County Council to focus on fighting COVID-19 and reject political point scoring

Oct. 16, 2020

From the Missouri National Education Association
1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

For further information: 
Mark Jones, MNEA Communications Director
Phone: (573) 644-9609
Mobile: (573) 508-8528

Today, Missouri National Education Association President Phil Murray released the following statement opposing bills before the St. Louis County Council:

"As educators, student safety is our top priority. It should also be the top priority of leaders in St. Louis County. However, legislation introduced to undermine the St. Louis County Health Department and the St. Louis County Executive jeopardizes children, educators, and our neighborhood schools. The likely harm of this legislation to the health of students and our colleagues compels us to act. 

"We urge the St. Louis County Council to reject legislation undermining the efforts of nurses, doctors, health department employees, and the County Executive to keep all of us safe and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. As educators, we hope local officials will worry less about political point-scoring and instead take action to protect students, educators, and families."


The 32,000-member Missouri NEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3 million-member National Education Association.  

Posted Date: 10/16/2020
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