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NEA Legislative Program

NEA has a wide-ranging agenda for federal action, reflecting the educational and social concerns of its members.
NEA members at the US Capitol Patrick G. Ryan
NEA members at the U.S. Capitol

The National Education Association’s Legislative Program encapsulates our priorities for advocating in Congress for federal laws that support public K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions, student learning, and educators.  

Our legislative program is set every year by our members at the Representative Assembly, the primary legislative and policymaking body of NEA. Our members propose, amend, and ultimately adopt every bullet point, setting our legislative priorities for the year.  

The program represents the goals, perspectives, and on-the-ground experiences of NEA members. 

Our goals for federal legislation are grouped into four main areas 

  1. High-Quality Public Education — Legislative issues designed to address the many factors that impact the quality of public education directly in the classroom or school 

  1. Supporting Student Success — Legislative issues intended to create the best possible conditions for all children in support of both their development and education 

  1. A Voice in the Workplace — Legislative issues linked directly to some of the most basic employee issues faced by all education employees 

  1. Good Public Policy — Legislative issues related to ongoing concerns of national importance to both NEA members and the rest of the nation. 

Download the 2023-24 Legislative Program

    Issues on the Hill

    From fully funding Title I and IDEA to voting rights and making our schools safe, we are advocating for our students, our schools, and our communities.
    U.S. Capitol Building

    Bills in Congress

    NEA advocates for students and educators on Capitol Hill.
    NEA member Jess Sanchez greets Senator Elizabeth Warren on Capitol Hill.

    Take Action

    Your voice is important. Email Congress on the issues you care about.

    Propose an Amendment to the Legislative Program

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    Is your proposed amendment a statement of support or of opposition to a particular policy?
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    Speak Up For Students and Public Schools

    When we act together and lift our voices together in unison, we can improve the lives of children.
    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.