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Building Broad Support for Public Education

True to its founding principles, NEA members believe that every child in the United States deserves a quality education, regardless of background, race, ethnicity, or immigration status.

However, the rapidly changing demographics, global economy, and increased attacks on public education have created a new set of challenges for minority communities that demand major changes in policy at the local, state, and national levels.

NEA is stepping forward to meet those challenges.

Efforts are underway to reduce class size, establish effective programs for English language learners, improve school safety, increase educational funding, enhance parental involvement, and recruit and retain qualified and culturally competent teachers who reflect the diversity of today's students.

Achieving these goals requires the broad support and involvement of everyone—students, families, schools, legislators, businesses and government, foundations, institutions of higher education, and others.

NEA recognizes that if we are to preserve America's public schools—and ensure a great public school for each and every child—we will need to strengthen and expand these relationships to broaden support for public education.