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Utah teacher in Washington urging Congress to #DoYourJob

5/18/2016

Civics, history and social studies teachers are calling on lawmakers to vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court

A dozen civics, history and social studies teachers from across the country, including Nebo Education Association member Jim Griffin, were in Washington, D.C. to urge the U.S. Senate to do its job and hold a hearing and an up-or-down vote President Barack Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court: Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Griffin attended a roundtable discussion at the White House with Obama administration officials about the importance of the confirmation process and the critical role that educators play in talking with their students about the Supreme Court as an institution.

In April, Griffin joined a dozen teachers in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate demanding a hearing and a vote on the president’s nominee. In addition, the National Education Association launched an online petition asking the American public to join educators and the growing chorus of voices urging the Senate to act on the president’s nominee.

Griffin was among the twelve teachers who wrote, in part:

“As educators in the classroom, we believe it is our responsibility to help students learn about—and appreciate—the role citizens play in our democracy. We teach that being a good citizen requires cooperation, mutual respect, and the ability to compromise. When our students work in groups, they work together and do their jobs, even when they are not friends or have disagreements.

“Please help us teach our students the true meaning of democracy. Demonstrate that America’s leaders can put aside their differences to do their jobs. For the sake of the students who are the future of America, we urge you to hold a hearing and up-or-down vote on Judge Garland, the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court.”

Educators believe that Senate Republicans are playing a dangerous political game by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee. That is why they are urging the U.S. Senate to hold a hearing and a vote so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.

For more information, follow NEA on Twitter @NEAMedia and keep up with the conversation at #WeNeedNine #DoYourJob.

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at nea.org.

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