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Equity and Opportunity for All

In the 60 years since the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Brown Board of Education, we still haven’t achieved equality in public education. Equity is one of the cornerstones of America’s public education system. That's why NEA is bringing together educators, families and community leaders to ensure that all students have meaningful educational opportunity.

Still Separate, Still Unequal?

A multimedia look at the painful past of segregation, the issue of double segregation today and what educators are doing to make sure ALL students have equal opportunities in and outside the classroom.

Petition: Demand Great Public Schools for Every Student

Despite the vision of equal opportunity in the historic Brown v. Board ruling, poverty and racial isolation in our public schools has increased since 1980. On this 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, join the call to demand great public schools for every student.

Ask elected officials to:

  • Fully fund and support neighborhood-based community schools
  • Resist attempts to close and privatize our schools
  • Focus on policies that allow for more teaching and less testing
  • Make education affordable from early childhood through college
  • Pass living wage legislation that will lift families and students out of poverty

Sign below!

Time for Change: Diversity in Teaching Revisted

NEA commissioned a current review of teacher diversity and ways in which efforts could create parity in our public school system. Find it here.


Educators can’t tackle socioeconomic and racial disparities alone. They need help from students’ families. Learn seven ways you can ensure your child has access to a great public school.


Commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education on May 17th, 2014 and teach about segregation in schools with these curriculum resources.

Check out these tools you can use in your community and on social media to commemorate Brown v. Board and recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity.


Remind lawmakers: The promise of America is for everyone—not just the wealthy. SIGN THE PETITION!


60 Years After Brown, Educators Demand More Focus on Public School Support
U.S. News and World Report 

Educators Need to Speak Up Louder for School Equity, Says Civil Rights Expert

Brown v. Board at 60: Why Have We Been So Disappointed? What Have We Learned?
Economic Policy Institute Report

Black, Latino, and American Indian Students Facing Huge Barriers to Success
Annie E. Casey Foundation Report

Segregation Now
The Atlantic