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The National Teacher Shortage and Unpacking Student Debt Relief

The NAACP Labor Committee is hosting a two-part webinar session on education and the student debt crisis during Labor Week. During the discussion, teachers, labor leaders, education researchers, and parent advocates will highlight the importance of starting the school year right by providing adequate support to teachers and students.

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Part One: Prioritizing Black Educators and Students

As we enter the school year, it is important to remember the challenges that teachers face. Despite the many obstacles, teachers continue to work hard every day to educate our children. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major challenge for teachers. They have had to quickly adapt to new methods of teaching, often with little support from policymakers and district leaders. Now, as we fully transition back to in-person learning, they are facing even more challenges with sinister attempts to politicize the teaching profession through anti-CRT legislation. This lack of support can lead to teacher shortages and low morale among educators. We must do more to support our teachers, especially in times of crisis.

The NAACP Labor Committee is hosting a panel discussion on this topic during Labor Week. During the panel, teachers, labor leaders, education researchers and parent advocates will highlight the importance of starting the school year right by providing adequate support to teachers and students.

Meet Our Panelists

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Part Two: 50k and Beyond: Unpacking Student Debt Relief

The student debt crisis continues to have a disproportionate impact on Black borrowers and their families. Across all racial groups in the United States, Black borrowers hold the most student loan debt despite also being consistently underserved by postsecondary institutions. Due, in large part, to the push from the NAACP, on August 24, 2022, the Biden administration canceled up to $20,000 in federal student debt for Pell Grant recipients and $10,000 for other borrowers making less than $125,000 per year. 

Join us as we unpack what this first step in student debt relief means for our communities and the path forward to ensure equitable relief for the millions of borrowers who are caught in the student debt crisis. 

Meet Our Panelists

The 2nd Annual NAACP Labor Action Week will bring together union leaders, civil rights change-makers, young professionals, and activists to provide an advocacy framework and solutions for addressing and prioritizing the needs and interests of Black America, while also addressing long-standing issues around the racial wealth gap and systemic racism throughout the nation's employment industries.

This year's theme - The State of Black Labor: Wealth, Wellness, and Worth will be an opportunity to promote wealth equity, ensure wellbeing, and recognize the value of Black workers throughout the nation.


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