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Crowd at a Red For Ed March

#RedForEd is about Funding for Students and Schools

Educators, parents, and communities are uniting for better school funding for our students.

Textbooks from the 1980s. Desks duct taped together. HVAC systems that don’t work. Underpaid and overworked educators. So many of our schools have been under-funded for years, and it shows.

The quality of an education depends largely on funding and black, brown, and poor students tend to lose out the most.

Meanwhile, educators have been doing more with less for so long. They pay out of pocket $459 every year, on average, for school supplies. They do this while they make 80 cents on the dollar compared to professionals with the same credentials. And nearly one third of educators work a second or third job to make ends meet.

So we’re coming together—educators, parents, students, and community members—to fight for education funding so every student has the school and opportunity they deserve.

We're Coming Together

Better Schools

For Students

Classrooms that are conducive to learning. Access to school counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers. Educators who know students by name.
Better Schools

For Educators

A voice in shaping education policy. Salaries that allow educators to afford to stay in the profession they love. without having to work another job. Opportunities to learn and lead.
Better Schools

For Communities

Access to opportunities, no matter what you look like, where you’re from, or how much money your parents have. Great schools that bring together academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.

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NC Red for Ed March

Why We Are Red For Ed

We’re raising our voices together for our students, for our schools, and for ourselves as educators. That’s why we’re wearing Red for Ed.
Sign reading Teachers just want to have fund$

Women of #RedForEd Closing the Pay Gap

Four different women. One strikingly common experience: They all entered a profession where women are underpaid and undervalued. But that lack of equity has these women and legions more seeing red.
A restaurant server takes orders

Almost One-Third of New Teachers Take on Second Jobs

Second jobs during the summer account for up to 12% of an educator's annual income, but financial pressures don't go away after Labor Day.
Teacher in front of blackboard showing teacher salaries lower than other professionals in bar graph

Average Teacher Salary Down 4.5% Over Past Decade

NEA report breaks down the status of educator pay (along with school revenues and student expenditures) across the nation.
Map showing education funding statistics

See how your state ranks

Every year NEA publishes the average educator salary and per pupil spending for each state.
NEA President Becky Pringle
Enough of not funding our schools in a way that we can ensure that every student gets what they need, when they need it.
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

National Education Association

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.