NEWS RELEASE: Statement from MNEA President Charles E. Smith regarding collective action of students and graduates of the University of Missouri


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

For further information: 
Mark Jones
(573) 644-9609 

Nov. 10, 2015

"Whether students attend the state’s flagship University or an elementary school in rural Missouri, they deserve to feel welcomed, safe and inspired. I applaud the actions of students at the University of Missouri who, using the power of peaceful collective action, have made their voices heard and will continue to push for meaningful change.

"Students are at the center of everything educators do. As union members, we know that when people work together, they can make extraordinary progress for social and economic change. Seeing how much the University of Missouri students and graduate employees have accomplished in the past months by standing in solidarity together advocating for fair working conditions, challenging racial discrimination, and demanding meaningful change inspires us all," comments Charles E. Smith, Missouri NEA president and a teacher on leave from the Center School District.  

The 35,000-member Missouri National Education Association 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: 11/10/2015
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