WHO: 135,000 Illinois Education Association (IEA) members, Murphysboro community
WHAT: Wear red and share pictures on social media using the hashtag #ISupportMurphyTeachers. Red ribbons will be tied around trees in downtown Murphysboro in support of Murphysboro teachers.
WHEN: Wed., Oct. 9
NOTE: The Illinois Education Association has released the following statement attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin in support of MEA:
“We want to turn Illinois #RedForEd on Wednesday for our sisters and brothers in Murphysboro. To the Murphysboro Education Association: We’re with you. You have the strength of the IEA behind you. In Murphysboro, our educators are fighting for strong public schools for all students. We support our members using their collective voice to advocate for their students’ right to a quality public education.”
The MEA have been on strike since Thurs., Oct. 3.
The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.