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Some of your most hard-fought victories! Accomplished together!

This year the word “normal” was thrown out the window as educators around the country met challenges we could never have anticipated. And in the face of historic circumstances, we came together and won for our students, our colleagues, and our communities during this extremely extraordinary year.

50 states and 50 wins!

We've compiled a list of wins in 2021—one for every state. Some are big. Some are small. And that’s the whole point—to celebrate what we accomplished together no matter the size.
  • Washington, D.C.
From winning consistent safety protocols in Oahu to reducing high-stakes testing across New York—NEA is working every day for great public schools for all students and educators. Don't see your win listed? Complete our form below and let us know!
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2021 Wrapped

If 2020 was the year like no other, 2021 was the year we showed how resilient we are when we come together.

From securing more counselors and nurses to help students in Wyoming to Virginia educators winning the right to negotiate a contract for the first time in 40 years—NEA members championed all of the things that make our schools work best for our students and educators. While there is still work that needs to be done we should take a moment to celebrate these inspiring wins.

Whether you’ve been an educator for one day or forty years, now is the time to band together and be heard in the halls of power. Now is the time to join.

Join our movement!

"We are serving, but we're not being paid to serve, I am pleading with our board of education to please use the ESSER funds for a bonus for all staff."
Quote by: Keena Proctor, Instructional Assistant

National Win: Fixing Student Debt

After hearing from 168,000 NEA members about the failures of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), the Biden-Harris administration announced an overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Because of the advocacy of NEA members, nearly 50,000 public service workers will be able to get the relief they were promised.

Because of you, we are one step closer to a world where everyone—no matter their wealth or background—can learn without limits.

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National Win: Funds to the Rescue

NEA members and activists wrote hundreds of thousands of messages and placed thousands of calls to their senators and representatives advocating for Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan.

ARP is the single largest investment ever in education funding, providing nearly $170 billion to public schools. This is an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the future of public education and create a system that our students deserve.

Learn more How would you spend school rescue funds?

NEA President Becky Pringle
“The American Rescue Plan will undoubtedly alleviate some of our nation’s immense suffering, but there is still much work ahead to fully recover from the worst crisis to hit this country in more than a century — and to build back something better."
Quote by: Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association



Florida Faculty Stand Up For Academic Freedom

When the University of Florida told three professors that they couldn't testify against a voter-restriction law championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the United Faculty of Florida sprang into action. Faculty's right to academic freedom and free speech are at stake.

Richmond Votes to Approve Collective Bargaining for Educators

Richmond educators became the first in the commonwealth of Virginia to secure the right to negotiate a contract through collective bargaining.

Bus Drivers Join Union, Advocate for Services

Nearly all of South Burlington's school bus drivers voted to unionize, amidst what they describe as the "hardest working conditions in years."

What's Your Win from 2021?

We want to hear from you! Let us know what you accomplished in 2021 for your students or for yourself—personally or professionally.

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.