When schools closed March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19, AEA did what we always do and went to work to protect Alabama educators. AEA has been front and center, as well as behind the scenes, working for you. While AEA may not report every behind the scenes action we take, members should have no doubt of AEA's consistent actions and advocacy for education employees and students.
Find articles about how AEA has been advocating for you.
March - AEA meets with state leaders to ensure Alabama educators are paid during school closures. AEA fights to get school employees who test positive (or had family members who test positive or have to be quarantined) to recieve administrative leave.
April - AEA fights against the Public Health Order issued on April 3, 2020, requiring school employees to return to school buildings. Due to AEA's involvement, the order is amended to allow school employees to only report to schools if their physical presence was absolutely essetial to carrying out continuity plans or as part of a feeding program.
May - With assistance from AEA, the Alabama Legislature delivers an education budget with a slight increase for 2021. This means there will be no staff cuts or reductions in pay or benefits for educators due to lack of funding in the 2020-2021 school year.
June - AEA President Sherry Tucker and the AEA Board of Directors releases Alabama's first list of expectations for local school systems developing COVID-19 reopening plans.
July - AEA conducts Alabama's only statewide educator COVID-19 survey relaying the concerns of 41,000+ school employees.
In an unprecedented move, AEA assigns two full-time staff attorneys to review and monitor school reopening plans. Attorneys raise red flags when they see or hear of violations and will purse litigation in districts endangering school employees.
August - AEA representatives continue to work with state and local leaders to ensure the health and safety of students and educators. The AEA Legal Team continues to contact local districts with member safety concerns.
September 22, 2020 - WAFF48: AEA rep talks about teacher concerns she's hearing
September 16, 2020 - AL.com: Huntsville Teachers have coronavirus concerns as students return to campus
September 4, 2020 - WAAY ABC: Teacher Union Concerned About Return to Classroom
September 3, 2020 - WBRC FOX6: NEA launches school COVID data tracker, urges states to publish data
August 25, 2020 - WBRC FOX6: Some teachers express concern with Schoology platform
August 11, 2020 - WBRC FOX6: Bessemer school delay opening until Sept. 3
August 7, 2020 - WHNT19: COVID & the Classroom: Coping with the struggle
August 6, 2020 - Gulf Coast News Today: Teachers worry about school start
June 26, 2020 - WVTM13: AEA pushing for strict guidelines