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El Paso local wins civil rights award

TSTA/NEA Advocate, Spring 2014

Congratulations to the El Paso Teachers Association, winner of NEA’s Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award!

EPTA President Norma de la Rosa will accept the award at the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner July 2 in the Mile High Ballroom of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

She said EPTA won the award for its Social Justice Forum in January 2013. “Our goal was to get the parents and community involved in their schools and in their children’s education so that a cheating scandal as never seen before — targeting Hispanic, high poverty, and ELL learners — never happens again,” she said.

Rosena J. Willis (1926-1970) was a teacher and NEA staff member who led efforts to merge NEA with the American Teachers Association and help state and local affiliates develop programs to ensure the inclusion of ethnic and racial minority members in the work and leadership of the association.

In her memory, NEA presents an annual award to the affiliate with the most effective or improved human and civil rights program — a state affiliate in odd-numbered years and a local affiliate in even-numbered years.

Tickets to the dinner may be purchased online for $75 beginning April 1. Visit www.nea.org/hcrawards for details and to learn about the other Human and Civil Rights Awards.

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