Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
COVID-19 forced America to see the faces of the Black, brown, and Indigenous students stranded by the digital divide, the students who go hungry, the students who have no place to call home, the LGBTQ students who are bullied, the differently abled students who are denied the support they need.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 included the single largest federal investment in education in our nation’s history. It also revamped the child tax credit to cut poverty in half for U.S. children under age 18.
Bills in Congress
Introduced on 12/09/2021
A bill to address teacher shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic through grants and more funding for existing programs.
Introduced on 03/23/2021
This legislation would help to address the rise of hate crimes and violence targeted at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Among other things, the legislation would designate a Department of Justice employee to assist with expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes reported to federal, state, and/or local law enforcement.
Introduced on 03/19/2021
This bill revises the service obligation verification process for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program.
Letters & Testimony
NEA speaks up for the rights of students. Browse recent messages to Congressional leadership, and add your voice.
Submitted on 02/02/2022
Submitted on 11/04/2021
Submitted on 09/29/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated education inequities—especially for younger students who are experiencing speech, language, and other developmental delays—and that has made the need for universal pre-K and programs like Head Start even more critical.