Few U.S. Supreme Court decisions have impacted our nation’s history as much as the Brown v. Board landmark decision. This historic ruling marked a turning point in our nation’s history, not only outlawing school segregation, but also having a direct, immediate and personal impact on millions of students and their families.
Today, the stakes remain high at the Supreme Court, evidenced by recent cases that highlight the real and practical implications of the Court’s decisions on issues ranging from voting rights to the rights of American workers to organize. In order for the Court to continue to serve the American people at full strength, educators are demanding the Senate to do its job, put students ahead of partisan politics, and to hold a hearing and a vote on President Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland.
This is why a group of civics, history and social studies teachers traveled to Washington, D.C., to deliver a message to U.S. Senate leaders that their students know well: failing to do your work has consequences.
“It’s hard to explain to students, who believe they should be able to trust what they’ve learned about the constitution and our system of government,” said Marisol García, a middle school teacher from Phoenix. “Students understand expectations, and they don’t understand why senators aren’t meeting theirs.”
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