Real Solutions for Kids and Communities: Toolkit

There are so many ways to be part of the solution to address learning loss, loneliness and literacy challenges. Look through the resources below and bookmark this page because we will be adding to it in the days ahead!

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Teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Forty-three percent of all public school teachers make less than $60,000 a year, and hundreds of thousands of public school teachers have to work two or three jobs during the school year to make ends meet. There is something you can do about this today.

Write your lawmaker

Stand with us to end gun violence in our schools and communities! Pledge to join students, parents, educators, and other community leaders in making my voice heard by taking action to end gun violence in our schools and communities. Enough is enough!

Take the Pledge

As activists, it is our job to talk to our communities, to share our values and work for a better life for all. By writing a letter to the editor, you can help educate your friends and neighbors about what we fight for, and why it's so important. Republican extremists in the House of Representatives are working to make deep cuts to education, healthcare and other vital services, and it's up to us to stop them.

Write a Letter to the Editor

Via MomRising: Republican leadership in Congress is considering hurting families by cutting funding for our country’s most successful early learning program, Head Start. They want to CUT Head Start by $750 million for the next fiscal year, depriving roughly 80,000 children access to this critical program!

Write Your Member of Congress

Via Parents Together:  A new proposal from Republicans in Congress would slash the free school meals program for up to 20 million kids. No kid should EVER go hungry at school. If enough parents speak out, we can stop this cruel plan to take away free meals from hungry kids.

Sign the Petition

Via ParentsTogether: We demand TikTok and Instagram create real, in-app parental controls that give parents meaningful control over when and for how long their kids are on the app. Our children’s mental health and well-being is on the line.

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Additional Resources



Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? What America must do to attract and retain the educators and school staff our students need

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Special issue on teaching reading for families and educators (Request free copies in bulk here)

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According to the 2024 edition of the annual “The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems” report from researchers at the Albert Shanker Institute, University of Miami, and Rutgers University, 39 states devote a smaller share of their economies to their K-12 public schools than they did in 2006, and this decrease in “fiscal effort” cost schools over $360 billion between 2016 and 2021.

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