February 24-28 is Public Schools Week

A record number of lawmakers signed the bipartisan, bicameral resolution declaring February 24-28 Public Schools Week: 45 senators and more than 70 representatives—and still growing. The resolution recognizes the importance of our nation’s public schools and honors those who work tirelessly to support and strengthen them. Public education is the foundation of 21st century democracy.


Make higher education more affordable and accessible

Members of the NEA Board of Directors met with lawmakers earlier this month and urged them to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and address the urgent need to make college more affordable and accessible. The College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), a comprehensive reauthorization of the law, cleared the House Education and Labor Committee but

Education News

Two decades later, the Higher Ed Act needs an update, say NEA members

DeWayne Sheaffer, president of NEA’s National Council of Higher Education and counselor at Long Beach City College. Photo credit: Jati Lindsay.

By Mary Ellen Flannery For Enrique Farrera, an academic advisor from Clackamas Community College in Oregon, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is about affordability and access—and that’s what he told Oregon legislators in their Capitol Hill offices last week. On Thursday, members of the NEA Board of Directors flanked Capitol Hill, making personal


Hurry! Submit comments on anti-union proposal by Feb. 18

If the Trump administration gets its way, NEA state affiliates will soon be subject to 60-year-old regulations that until now have applied only to private sector unions. Alice O’Brien, NEA’s general counsel, explains how a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule would force state affiliates to focus on complex, burdensome financial reporting requirements instead of