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Build Back Better

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda continues the progress that started with the American Rescue Plan and goes even further.
Biden with Harris and Pelosi
Published: December 2, 2021

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strengthens our nation’s physical infrastructure. It extends the Secure Rural Schools program, begins to eliminate the lead service lines and pipes remaining in schools and child care facilities, and provides the means to electrify thousands of school buses to reduce harmful emissions.

The Build Back Better Act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the lives of—and provide new opportunities for—students, educators, and families across the country. It addresses long-ignored challenges ranging from how we care for those who have fallen on hard times to giving all children a strong start in early education to ensuring every neighborhood has safe drinking water.

NEA President Becky Pringle
Like the investments made to help working families during the New Deal and Great Society eras, President Biden’s Build Back Better Act will be the most significant investment in our country’s social safety net in more than half a century.
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President
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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.