NEA President Becky Pringle participated in a Dec. 7 event at the National Press Club launching the grassroots Equity or Else campaign advocating for FY2022 education funding levels proposed by President Biden and approved by the House. Overall, the proposed appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Education would increase funding by 41 percent next year—the largest percentage increase for any agency. Key elements of the House-passed bill include a $19.5 billion increase for Title I programs and $443 million for full-service community schools—far above the $30 million provided this year.
“Every student—every one—deserves the access, opportunity, and resources that will help them live into their magnificent brilliance,” Pringle said. “During a tour that I am calling Joy, Justice, and Excellence, I have met face to face with educators all across our nation. I’ve also seen firsthand the power and the possibility of community schools. These bright islands of excellence show that when students, educators, families, and community organizations work together—when we all collaborate and partner together—our students reap the benefits.”
NEA’s partners, Journey for Justice (J4J) and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS), sponsored the event. Other participants included Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-IL), and AFT President Randi Weingarten.