With a severe shortage of teachers impacting schools in New Jersey and across the United States, Governor Phil Murphy will today participate in a meeting at the White House to discuss ways to mitigate the crisis.
Some state lawmakers have suggestions for Murphy.
“Stop forcing teachers to be woke warriors in the progressive strategy of using schools to indoctrinate kids,” said Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho. “Let teachers focus on English, science, and math.”
“If we let teachers focus on core subjects and stopped pushing them to be social justice warriors and COVID-19 police, they’d be more likely to have positive interactions with students and their parents and find satisfaction in their jobs,” Oroho said. “Governor Murphy doesn’t need to visit the White House to understand the problems he’s creating in Trenton for our children’s teachers.”
“Tell the NJEA to stop trying to encourage teachers to wade into controversial issues unnecessarily that only increases conflict with parents and leads to burn out,” he continued.
“The NJEA should be encouraging teachers to partner with parents, not attacking them as extremists.”
Oroho also urged the governor to lift all Covid-19 rules relating to schools.
“Why should teachers in Newark who have a tough enough job have to be the mask police for another year?” he asked.