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NEA Legislative Program

NEA has a wide-ranging agenda for federal action, reflecting the educational and social concerns of its members.

What Is the NEA Legislative Program?

The Program guides NEA in lobbying the United States Congress, presenting the views of the membership to federal agencies, and working with like-minded national organizations to achieve the Association’s pro-public education legislative goals.

What Does the NEA Legislative Program Address?

NEA works to fulfill the promise of a democratic society by promoting the cause of quality public education; advancing the education profession; expanding the rights and furthering the interests of education employees; and advocating human, civil, and economic rights for all. The Program is organized into four sections:

  1. High Quality Public Education — Legislative issues designed to address the many factors that impact the quality of public education directly in the classroom or school
  2. Supporting Student Success — Legislative issues intended to create the best possible conditions for all children in support of both their development and education
  3. A Voice in the Workplace — Legislative issues linked directly to some of the most basic employee issues faced by all education employees
  4. Good Public Policy — Legislative issues related to ongoing concerns of national importance to both NEA members and the rest of the nation.

The Legislative Program of the 116th Congress is available here.

How Can I Help Shape the NEA Legislative Program?

The NEA Standing Committee on Legislation values the input of all members. To help shape the NEA Legislative Program, you can:

  1. Review the process for crafting and amending the Legislative Program, below.
  2. Submit a question to the Legislative Committee (form below).
  3. Propose an amendment to the Legislative Program (form below).

You can also help NEA achieve its policies by visiting https://educationvotes.nea.org. There you can read about current federal issues and take action on them.

How the NEA Legislative Program Is Crafted and Amended

The NEA Legislative Program represents the collective decisions of the Association’s three million members nationwide. The NEA Standing Committee on Legislation seeks and receives input from a broad spectrum of the membership throughout the year and through the virtual hearing.

About the Standing Committee on Legislation

The NEA Board Strategic Committee on Legislation is responsible for reviewing the NEA Legislative Program, including gathering feedback from NEA members, and providing recommended modifications to the Program annually to the NEA Board of Directors. Members are appointed by the NEA President and may serve a total of two three-year terms. The Board Strategic Committee on Legislation includes classroom teachers, education support professionals, retired and student educators, and higher education faculty.

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Questions for the Legislative Committee

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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.