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Smart & Just Policies

Our students’ job is to learn. Ours is to make sure they can.
Our democracy will flourish only when we ensure every school is fully funded, every child is treated with dignity, and every learner can pursue their passion. Here’s how we get there.
We must pass laws and policies that push forward the arc of justice–laws that protect all children's access to a great public education, regardless of age, background, need, or zip code.

Bias-Free Schools

Safe and affirming schools are a core element of student success. When students feel that they are not welcome, their ability to learn and thrive is diminished. We can create schools where every student can learn, regardless of their skin color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability.

Community Schools

Community Schools mobilize students, families, educators, and community members to develop a grassroots vision for their schools and communities, and they work together to achieve their vision.

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act mandates that the people who know students best—their educators, families, communities—can shape their future. Now it’s time to make sure lawmakers and policy leaders hear us, and help us make our schools exceptional.

Funding Public Schools

The only way to make sure all learners have the tools and schools they need to succeed is to properly fund every aspect of public education.

Higher Education Access

Ensuring that all Americans have access to higher education is key to the nation’s prosperity—and the well-being of students and families.

Special Education

NEA advocates for the fulfillment of a federal funding promise to ensure children with disabilities can access a free, quality education.

Teacher Quality

Teachers strive for excellence. They challenge themselves so they are better able to meet the needs of their students and their families.
Kim Anderson
If we don’t achieve racial justice in our schools, we cannot expect to achieve it in our society. It begins with us.
2019 Salem Kaizer RA delegates

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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.