HELP Committee chair calls for federal aid to help schools reopen safely

To help schools and colleges reopen safely this fall, retiring Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is calling on the federal government to provide additional funding—though not nearly as much as educators have sought. “The surest step back to normalcy in our country is when 70-75 million college and high school and elementary school


House takes initial steps to end police brutality

The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (S. 3912/H.R. 7120) by a bipartisan vote of 236-131 while a separate bill failed to advance in the Senate. The bill passed by the House takes initial steps to end police brutality, protect the civil rights and liberties of all people, and change the culture

Education News

How Joe Biden will use federal funding to support public schools

By Amanda Menas “Educators deserve a partner in the White House,” says former Vice President Joe Biden. As president, he promises that he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, an NEA member who worked as an educator for more than 30 years, will be just that. After four years battling against harmful policies proposed by


Pringle tells lawmakers 1 in 5 educators face layoffs due to COVID-19

In testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee on June 15, NEA Vice President Becky Pringle stressed the urgent need for immediate action on the next coronavirus package. In just three months, nearly half a million public education jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “If this damage goes unchecked, nearly 2