House committee backs historic increase in education funding

On July 15, the House Appropriations Committee approved an historic investment in our nation’s students, educators and schools. Overall, U.S. Department of Education funding would increase by 41 percent next year. Key elements of the bill include a $19.5 billion increase for Title I programs, a $400 increase in the maximum Pell Grant, a $3.1

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4 Actions Educators Can Take to Protect Voting Rights

By Amanda Menas Educators have the unique role of teaching young people about civil discourse. Putting lessons about voting and our history into practice in the classroom bolsters our democracy each and every day. However, in light of recent legislative stalls in Congress and egregious rulings by the Supreme Court, educators face the difficult task


NEA President Becky Pringle calls for truth and honesty in education

In an op-ed in USA Today, NEA President Becky Pringle stressed the need for truth and honesty about America’s legacy of racism. ”Today, more than 25 states have introduced or passed laws to censor teachers from speaking about race and racism and deny students the right to a truthful and honest education,” she wrote. “We


Republicans block comprehensive voting rights bill, but it’s not over

The For the People Act, a comprehensive bill to expand, ensure, and strengthen voting rights nationwide, failed to muster the 60-vote supermajority necessary to advance in the Senate. All 50 Democratic senators voted to bring the bill to the floor for debate and discussion while all 50 Republican senators voted to block it. But this


Denying D.C. statehood is dangerous as well as unjust

“Taxation without representation was the rallying cry for the American Revolution, yet 245 years later it endures in our nation’s capital,” NEA said in comments submitted for the record of the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s June 22 hearing on statehood for the District of Columbia, whose population of 712,000 exceeds that of