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ADVISORY: Students, School Staff Share Perspectives on Reopening K-12 Schools

Students and school staff host a town hall to share their perspectives on a just reopening of K-12 schools in the fall.

Press Release
July 21, 2020

As schools begin to release their reopening plans, the Education Justice Collective’s Move School Forward team, which includes Student Voice, is hosting a Town Hall about organizing safe, equitable and justice-centered transitions back to school in the fall. Using a student-moderated “town hall'' format, those directly impacted by school reopenings — students, school staff and administration — will answer both pre-submitted and live questions from members of the media and the public. The event will close with specific calls to actions for viewers to advance increased federal funding for schools and participate in nationwide direct actions to demand teacher and student safety.

What: Town Hall on Reopening K-12 Schools


Krupa Hegde (moderator), Coping with COVID Project Lead, Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

Lu Young, Chair, Kentucky Board of Education

Chloe Pressley, high school senior, C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia

Malinalli Perez, high school junior, Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate in Los Angeles, CA 

Jonathan Haines, RN, school nurse in Boston Public Schools, member of the Boston Teachers Union Nurse Faculty Senate and the BTU Collective Bargaining Committee

Dmitri Holtzman (guest), Director of Education Justice Campaigns, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

When: Tuesday, July 21st at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST
Where: Interested students, journalists and members of the public can register for the town hall on Zoom. The event will also be streamed live and posted afterwards to YouTube.

Questions: Students, journalists and members of the public are invited to submit questions for speakers ahead of time or ask questions in the live chat during the event. 

Please RSVP and direct additional inquiries to Jenna Yuan, Student Voice’s Director of Communications, at or 425-260-8146.

About Move School Forward: 

As we are inundated with calls for “reopening schools” and returning to normal, it is crucial that we demand a just future for our education system that includes students as full participants in the decision-making process, from the school to state levels. Where people are reimagining the future of schools, the voices of the most marginalized students are consistently sidelined. The Education Justice Collective, including Student Voice, Our Turn, The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, UrbEd Advocates, Youth Activism Project, Students for Equitable Public Schools, GenUp, Students for Education Equity, Teens Take Charge, Young Organizers United, HISD Student Congress, Oregon Student Voice and IowaSLI has outlined key principles to move school forward.

About Student Voice

Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.

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