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From Our President

Becky's Journal

NEA's president visits schools in Kentucky and Arizona, shares what she's watching for fun, and marches with Minnesota educators on the picket line. Check out her latest column from the pages of the NEA Today magazine June issue.
Published: 06/17/2022

Dear NEA members,

I am honored to serve as your president. United, we will reclaim public education as a common good and transform it into a racially and socially just system that actually prepares every student—not one, not some, but every single student—to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Onward!

Face to Face with NEA Members

My “Joy, Justice, and Excellence” tour of schools and campuses around the U.S. continued this spring with stops in Arizona and Kentucky. I met NEA members who are running for office (joy!), lobbying lawmakers for the support their students deserve (justice!), and inspiring children with culturally relevant curriculum (excellence!). Between those trips, I joined Minneapolis educators on the picket line to call for mental health supports for students and a living wage for the district’s classroom aides and other education support professionals.

We marched. We rallied. We showed up. And … we won!

NEA President Becky Pringle marches with Minnesota educators in Spring 2022
NEA President Becky Pringle outside with Brionna Harder in Minneapolis at protest by educators
That’s me with Minneapolis high school teacher Briona Harder (top) and marching alongside Twin Cities educators and parents (bottom). Credit: Ackerman + Gruber

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What I’m Watching

You know I’m a Philly girl. So you know exactly what I’m watching on Tuesday nights. It’s Abbott Elementary, ABC’s mockumentary about an underfunded public school where people like us are working to make things better for their students. Fellow Philly girl, Quinta Brunson, the creator, executive producer, and star of the show, gets it. She sees our joy and our challenges.

“If we can’t get new aides, can we get new rugs?” asks Brunson’s character, a teacher named Janine. The show was named for the sixth-grade West Philly teacher, Joyce Abbott, who inspired Brunson. I’m so happy it was renewed for another season!

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