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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.
Arizona educators rally for education funding Gage Skidmore/Arizona Education Association

NEA’s work to properly fund public education focuses on five key areas of action and investment. Take a look to learn more about how they work together to provide the best environment for our students.

1. Early Childhood Education

High-quality early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make. Comprehensive early childhood programs should be widely available and affordable for children from birth to age five–particularly for those from low-income families.  

2. School Modernization

Far too much learning and teaching is happening in schools that pose health and safety risks to students and staff. Twenty-first century learning requires 21st century tools, classrooms, and schools.

3. Nutrition Programs

Good nutrition is crucial to children performing well in school. National nutrition standards need to apply to all food sold on school campuses. 

4. Charter School Accountability

As taxpayer-funded schools, charter schools must be held to the same safeguards and high standards of accountability, transparency, oversight and equity as public schools. 

5. Opposing Vouchers

Voucher programs rob students of educational equity and opportunities. Scarce funding for public schools should not be siphoned off to unaccountable private and religious schools.

Member Sam Ball
If you’re an educator, your job is political. Either you get involved or you let other people make decisions for you. And that’s where the union can help.
Quote by: Sam Ball, Math Teacher, North Carolina Association of Educators
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Let’s invest in our future.

The safety and well-being of students and educators cannot be compromised as they return to in-person instruction. Congress should increase education funding to assist with reopening needs.
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.