There’s a lot riding on the outcome of the 2020 elections for students, educators, and hard-working families across the nation. No one knows that better than educators.
In less than two years, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken unprecedented steps to undermine public schools.
She was appointed by a president who fully supports her ultimate goal: to funnel public money into private schools. DeVos has rolled back students’ civil rights protections and ignored the critical funding shortfall of programs that help our most vulnerable students: Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
It’s time for change, and NEA has the power to bring it in 2020.
The #RedForEd movement launched a national conversation about re-investing in our public school system. That’s the conversation we have to keep going through every step of the election process.
Candidates are beginning to outline their priorities right now. They need to hear from educators and know that we expect them to speak up for the public schools that more than 90 percent of students attend.
We believe all students deserve a great public education, regardless of income or ZIP code. That means well-prepared and fairly compensated teachers and education support professionals, smaller class sizes that allow for one-on-one instruction, modern technologies and textbooks, and more affordable college options. Educators and parents—not just politicians—must have a voice in what’s best for our students and our schools.
We have the power to demand more for our kids. More than 3 million teachers and education support professionals are members of the National Education Association. That’s one out of every 100 Americans.
Take a closer look at the power of your Association:
- Our members live in every state, in every Congressional district, and in every ZIP code.
- NEA members are educated, involved, and dependable voters who consistently exercise their right to vote. In fact, NEA members typically vote at twice the rate of the general public.
- In the 2016 election, 1 in every 39 votes was cast by an NEA member or family member.
NOW is the time to get involved in what is arguably the most important presidential election of our lives. You can do just that at StrongPublicSchools.org.
Strong Public Schools is NEA’s nationwide issue campaign focused on lifting up public education in the 2020 election and making our members’ voices heard.
Go to StrongPublicSchools.org to sign up for Election 2020 email updates that will include ways you can take action in your state as the campaign builds.
Join the fight for opportunity for all students!