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Human and Civil Rights

Human and Civil Rights

NEA’s Social Justice Award

Beginning this year, 2014-2015, NEA will proudly recognize outstanding social justice activists via NEA’s Social Justice Award.

This special award will be presented annually to one exceptional member who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, parents, and the community to advocate on social justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators, and the communities they serve. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination.

Equal Footing for Schools

It’s no mystery America’s schools are widely unequal. If you’re fortunate enough to attend school in a well-heeled neighborhood, you’re more likely to have access to a rich curriculum, experienced educators, and state of the art facilities. Yet, 60 years after Brown v. Board, students with access are still far less likely to be minority, English Language Learners, or low-income. Now, educators and activists fed up with inequity have a new resource in their arsenal. The U.S. Department of Education has announced practical steps, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter and other guidance materials, to ensure America’s students—regardless of race, color, national origin, or zip code—have equal access to a high-quality public education.

Are your students msising out on the resources they need? Tell us your school's story and we'll send it to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

Higher Rates of Poverty Among LGBTQ Americans

LGBTQ students will pay an unfair economic price over their lifetimes asserts a new report that links significantly higher rates of poverty among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans  to discriminatory laws and customs. Read more . . .


Fighting for Immigrant Rights

Marisa Franco, long-time community organizer and Director of the #Not1More Deportation Campaign of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, is an outspoken advocate for immigrant rights. 

Read her recent NEA interview here.


Stereotypes and Native Students

Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, talks to NEA about the impact of stereotypes on American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Read her recent NEA interview here.



New Day for America’s Schools

Across the country, educators are back at school—readying their classrooms, offices, cafeterias, and buses for the surge of students who’ll sweep their campuses in the next few weeks. But this year’s return to school marks a new milestone. For the first time in our history, America’s public schools are majority-minority, with students of color outnumbering their white peers. What does this mean for public education—now and in the future? Read more.

Teaching Girls to Lead

A new survey finds that educators can play a critical role in closing the leadership gap for girls and women.

Read the full report to see how you can make a difference.




Putting Our Values to Work

Putting Our Values to Work, NEA’s practical new resource, shows a new generation of social justice activists how to use the power of organizing to stand up for what you believe in—and win.

Find out how you can make the Putting Our Values to Work resource work for you.