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Fulfilling the Promise to Students with Disabilities

Join NEA President Becky Pringle to learn what you can do to ensure the federal and state governments give students with disabilities the education they deserve.
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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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On behalf of the NEA’s more than three million members, we congratulate Juliana for nurturing a love of learning, helping students grow, and setting expectations for students that best meet their learning needs. Her work paves the way to ensure a better, brighter tomorrow for all of our students, no exceptions.
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.

Are you an affiliate?

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

Educators are underpaid—making 80 cents on the dollar compared to other professionals.

Let’s bring real change

Betty Collins
“Our students deserve fully funded classrooms. Our teachers and support staff need to be able to afford to do the jobs they love. Now isn’t the time to rest.”
— Betty Collins, an eighth-grade teacher, Oklahoma
Educator Pay and Student Spending in Your State

During the pandemic, many educators faced anxiety and other mental health issues that contributed to them deciding to leave the profession.

Let’s bring real change

Vanessa Jimenez
[The new attention to staff’s health is one good thing to come out of the pandemic.] “Instead of going through the Employee Assistance Program, where you have to go through the whole approval process and then only get six sessions, you’ll have somebody in-house who will just be a phone call away. You can say, ‘hey I’m having a hard time. Can you give me some strategies now to get through the day?’”
— Vanessa Jimenez, Phoenix Union Classified Employees Association president
Learn more about how the pandemic is affecting our schools.

For years, certain elected leaders have deprived schools in communities of color and rural districts of vital resources.

Let’s bring real change

Karen Moore
“Public education can be so much more than what it is today. We need to build more relationships with people in our community and help parents advocate to those they elect to school boards. We need to agitate elected leaders and hold their feet to the fire.”
— Karen Moore, special education teacher, Illinois
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What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, reports, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.
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Educators Call for Healthy School Meals for All Students

NEA supports a new bill to permanently provide all kids with free school meals, which would eliminate burdensome paperwork and the stigma and embarrassment of kids who qualify for free lunch.
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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.