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We’re here to make sure that every student & educator succeeds.

The National Education Association (NEA) is more than 3 million people—educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, friends—who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.
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We are using the collective power of our union to call on the Department of Education and state governments to waive all high-stakes standardized testing this year—and we need your help.
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

Our best hope for student success is you.

Your passion and commitment are crucial to helping all students—of all colors and backgrounds—learn, grow, and fulfill their potential. Here’s how you can get started.
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Be a voice for each and every student.

Students have a right to a safe, welcoming, and affirming learning environment in a school that respects and values them and is free of bias. Learn about issues affecting our students and how you can help students succeed.
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Advocate for your rights & working conditions.

Those who serve our students and communities need the support, resources, and working conditions to excel in their work. The power and influence of the NEA community are here to help you understand your rights and improve your working conditions.
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Achieve professional excellence and become a leader in your profession.

Being an education professional requires passion, dedication, confidence, and resilience. Our community helps educators at all stages in their career become leaders in their profession, in their union, and in their communities. Explore how you can achieve professional excellence and mentor others through leadership development.
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Advance justice with us.

Institutional racism prevents students from getting the opportunities they deserve. See how you can bring racial and social justice into our schools and transform our communities.

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Jump to updates, opportunities, and resources for NEA state and local affiliates.

Our journey began more than a century ago. Yours starts now.

We’ve spent decades working for students and educators—but, there’s still more to do. Like our progress during the civil rights and women’s rights movements, we need to dig in and speak up for the students and educators who are still facing inequality every day.

Let’s get real

Let’s bring real change

Let’s get real

Nationally, teachers are paid 21.4 percent less than similarly educated and experienced professionals.

Let’s bring real change

Georgia Flowers-Lee is a special education teacher in California
“You pay the bills, and you look at what’s left and you decide, ‘OK, what do I do without this month?’”
— Georgia Flowers Lee, special education teacher, Los Angeles
Learn about how #RedforEd is helping even out the gender pay gap

Across all professions, American women are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, but the disparity is worse for women of color.

Let’s bring real change

Becky Pringle, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, and Princess Moss at the 2014 NEA Representative Assembly
“In schools across America, we tell girls they can be anything they want. They can run schools. They can run companies. They can run for president. But women still can’t get paid for the value of our knowledge, skills, and talents. We must use all our fire power to change the way things are. After all, the old saying goes that, ‘Women hold up half the sky.’ It’s about time we got equal pay for it.”
— Lily Eskelsen García, former NEA President
Learn more about NEA's history of women leaders fighting for equal pay and access to education

For many Black students and families, public schools are the heart of our communities—but far too many have been overlooked, neglected, and forgotten by those in power. 

Let’s bring real change

NEA President Becky Pringle
We demand investment in the physical, mental, and economic growth and health of Black people... Together, we can rewrite the rules and hold decision makers accountable to guarantee justice for Black lives in our schools and communities.
— Becky Pringle, NEA President
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NEA Leads Fight to Fix Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The federal student loan forgiveness program for educators, fire fighters, nurses and other public service workers isn't working. Cancelling their student debt is the right answer, union members say.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.