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GoNoodle’s mission is to support kids, parents, and teachers, and we are standing with the teachers speaking up and walking out in states across America to fight for better funding for their students and schools. 

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"My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is absolutely the saddest thing in the world. And let me tell you, that old, old, old decrepit geometry book hit my heart with the force of a nuclear bomb. My hopes and dreams floated up in a mushroom cloud. What do you do when the world has declared nuclear war on you?”

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

At GoNoodle, we spend a lot of time in the classroom working with teachers and kids, so we know the environment well. As a whole, we see so many dedicated teachers giving their time, effort, and — all too often  their own personal money to support the kids in their classrooms. That is why we are so disheartened by what has happened in Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia (and many other states in the country). We want teachers everywhere to know that we stand in solidarity with you.
   

Since 2010, the average teacher salary has DROPPED in 43 out of 50 states.  This is happening at a time of unprecedented economic growth in our country. In the U.S., nearly nine out of ten kids attend public school, and yet, in many places, our schools are under-funded, our teachers underpaid and our school kids under-resourced.  We are not talking about building the classrooms of the future here — many of these schools are using wildly outdated textbooks, learning from materials of the past, lacking nutritional food service and attending school in crumbling buildings because their states leaders can’t figure out how to do the right thing for the people who need it most.  

This should not be happening. It is unacceptable and unfair to our kids. If we don’t take action to support our teachers, we are telling our kids  that their education doesn’t matter to us — that what they deserve is outdated materials, tired facilities, sometimes dangerous conditions, and an education that is too often completely devoid of joy. Our teachers deserve more; our kids deserve better.

At GoNoodle, we believe that movement powers change. I hope you’ll join me and the rest of the GoNoodle family to help support our teachers. At the end of the day, we want teachers to know that we hear you, we see you and we are with you.  Let’s make things better NOW, so our kids can have a better tomorrow.

 

KC Estenson, CEO, GoNoodle

 

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WV2

West Virginia

After a walk-out that lasted nine days, teachers successfully achieved their desired wage increase. Their success inspires hope for other educators across the U.S.

#55strong

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OK2

Oklahoma

Through organizing, teachers won more education funding and higher wages. They are now focusing on future legislative actions to further improve funding.

#OKwalk4kids
#oklahomateacherwalkout

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KY2

Kentucky

Teachers gained funding improvements for schools through tax increases which are expected to generate more than 400 million dollars for education.

#120strong
#120united

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AZ2

Arizona

Teachers have voted to walk out of their classrooms on April 26, 2018 to demand higher wages and better conditions in schools from their state legislature.

#RedForEd

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Are you a teacher in these movements who wants to share your story with us? Reach out at hello@gonoodle.com.