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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden To Address NEA’s 100th Representative Assembly

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will address the nearly 8,000 delegates at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly (RA) on Friday, July 2 at 5:00 PM ET.
Published: 07/01/2021

WASHINGTON – July 1, 2021 – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will address the nearly 8,000 delegates at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly (RA) on Friday, July 2 at 5:00 PM ET.

Since taking office, President Biden has been a champion for students, he listened to the voices of educators, and prioritized our public schools. President Biden kept his promise to educators and parents by appointing an educator, Dr. Miguel Cardona, as Secretary of Education. The Biden Administration prioritized our students and public schools by providing the leadership and resources needed to safely and justly help students and educators return to the classroom and worksites for in-person learning. President Biden continues advocating for funding to rebuild crumbling schools, ensuring all students have access to broadband and technology at home, expanding access to higher learning for all students, and ensuring that all students - Black and white, Native and newcomer, Hispanic and Asian alike – are given the opportunities to fulfill their full potential.

Led by President Biden, the Biden-Harris administration has stood up for working families, rebuilding the economy to build back better than before the COVID-19 pandemic, while creating good union jobs across the country. President Biden has previously joined NEA’s annual Representative Assembly in 2007, 2012, 2019, and 2020.

First Lady Jill Biden is an educator, long-time NEA member, and First Lady of the United States.

The RA is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member NEA, and sets Association policy for the coming year.

WHO: President Joe Biden
            First Lady Jill Biden
           NEA President Becky Pringle

WHAT: Address delegates to the NEA’s 100th Representative Assembly

WHEN: Friday, July 2nd, at 5 PM ET

WHERE: Media must request press credentials for the virtual RA by clicking here. To ensure your credentials can be approved in time for President Biden’s appearance, all media wishing to cover this by Friday, July 2nd at 11:00 AM ET.


Media wishing to cover Pres. Biden’s address to NEA’s RA must agree to the following ground rules. By RSVPing, members of the media agree to the following:

  • Media wishing to cover the event must RSVP no later than Friday, July 2nd at 11:00 AM ET.
  • Press access is available only to credentialed media from legitimate news outlets, determined solely at the discretion of NEA.
  • Credentialed reporters must log in using their unique login at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.


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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, students preparing to become teachers, healthcare workers, and public employees. Learn more at 

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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.