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NEA in Action

NEA in Action August 2023

NEA has awarded $63.7 million in Great Public Schools Fund grants to 96 state and local affiliates since the program began, in 2013.

NEA Grants Support Educators

In spring, NEA awarded $6.7 million in Great Public Schools Fund grants to 11 state and local affiliates to launch innovative projects. These grants will help thousands of educators improve student success and strengthen the education profession. Two of the many projects include:

  • A leadership mentoring program for Massachusetts education support pro-fessionals that nurtures ?the next generation of union advocates. 
  • An initiative to support Indigenous educators and teachers of color in California in earning National Board Certification.

Learn how your affiliate can apply at Next application deadline: September 15, 2023.

NEA President Becky Pringle speaks at the March for Our Lives event

NEA is a Voting Powerhouse

When NEA flexes its muscle to support pro-public education and pro-union candidates, like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, educators win. Here’s how Biden has delivered for public schools:

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
  1. $170 billion in funding to raise educator pay, save jobs, address educator shortages, fix crumbling school buildings, and more. 

  2. Big steps toward safer schools with bipartisan gun safety legislation?—passed largely as a result of NEA advocacy—that expands background checks, targets interstate gun trafficking, and supports state “red flag” laws, which can prevent someone in crisis from accessing guns.
    President Joe Biden
  3. Appointments of people who have walked in our shoes, including Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. As a former educator, he understands what it takes to lead a public school classroom.

NEA protects your rights

Worried about your rights as an activist? NEA has you covered. Check out our guide, “Educator Rights: Speaking Up for Public Education & Our Students,” which explains what kind of activism is protected in and out of school—and what can land you in trouble. Download the report at

Activist speaking through a bullhorn at a rally.

NEA Helps Members Get Loans Forgiven

NEA student debt experts have assisted nearly 40,000 educators in the student debt forgiveness process through its online student debt navigator tool, Savi. This benefit is free to NEA members. How much have NEA members saved?


Total projected forgiveness 


Average amount of debt per person that’s eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness


Total projected savings 


Average annual savings per person

Access NEA’s debt navigator tool at Know educators who are not NEA members? Ask them to join at


Sam Evelyn Morgan Rock

Learn more about NEA-Retired

Now more than ever the commitment continues. Learn how NEA-Retired works to meet the needs of retired education employees (like Sam Evelyn Rock from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Retired Teachers Assn in Tennessee at right) and how to join.

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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.