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NEA higher ed members find supporter in U.S. Rep. Katie Porter

By Mary Ellen Flannery “I like your take-no-prisoners attitude!” DeWayne Sheaffer, president of NEA’s National Council for Higher Education, told U.S. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) this month. NEA Higher Ed members will use that same get-it-done attitude, he promised Porter, in sending emails to Capitol Hill, urging their Congressional representatives to support President Biden’s Build

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As schools across America crumble, Congress can come to the rescue

By Amanda Menas Every student deserves to go to school in buildings that are safe and nurture their love of learning. Throughout the pandemic, educators have been calling for increased investment in our public school buildings. Now, Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pave the way. But for too many other students across the country,

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How 7 governors used American Rescue Plan funding the right way

By Amanda Menas Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, students and entire school communities were forced to face extraordinary hardships. Existing inequities that disproportionately impacted communities of color were exacerbated, and added to challenges with employment, food security, and access to technology. Educators have an unprecedented opportunity to create the public schools all our students deserve. With

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The Depth of Educators’ College Debt

by Mary Ellen Flannery Nearly half of all educators took out student loans to pay for college, and they still owe $58,700, on average. Among them, one in seven still owes more than $105,000, according to new NEA research. These debt-burdened educators include Alexis Brisby, a Texas middle-school teacher since 2005, whose student-loan balance is