Issues and Actions

Learn about the issues and policies that impact public education, then take action to support students.

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Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition

Child nutrition programs provide healthy meals for our students and assist students who might otherwise go without enough food.

Department of Defense Schools (DoDEA)

Department of Defense Schools (DoDEA)

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) operates 164 schools serving more than 73,000 military-connected students.

Education Funding and Budget

Education Funding and Budget

More than 50 million children attend public schools and 20 percent of them live in poverty.

ESPs

ESPs

Education Support Professionals (ESPs) promote student achievement, ensure student safety, and help establish a good school climate.

Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence Prevention

Firearms are the leading cause of death for African American children and the second leading cause of death for all American children.

Health Care

Health Care

Every American has a right to comprehensive, affordable health coverage.

Higher Education

Higher Education

Every American should have access to higher education, regardless of income.

IDEA Special Education

IDEA Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) assures that children with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education.

Immigration

Immigration

NEA supports the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 passed by the House and these Senate bills: the Dream Act of 2019 and the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and Emergency (SECURE) Act.

Judicial Nominations

Judicial Nominations

NEA monitors and takes positions on nominees for the federal judiciary, including district courts (the trial court), circuit courts (the first level of appeal), and the Supreme Court of the United States, the final level of appeal.

LGBTQ Issues

LGBTQ Issues

Protect all Americans from all forms of discrimination.

Retirement Security

Retirement Security

Retired educators deserve the benefits they’ve earned.

Rural Schools

Rural Schools

Some 9 million students—nearly 20 percent of students nationwide—attend schools in rural communities.

School Modernization

School Modernization

Every student and educator deserves a safe and modern learning environment.

Vouchers

Vouchers

No matter what they’re called, vouchers rob public schools of resources.

Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights

NEA supports the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2019.

Workers’ Rights

Workers’ Rights

A strong labor force is the foundation of a strong middle class.

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