In Their Own Words

We Need a President Who’s With Us

NEA members have seen first-hand how students pay the price when non-educators and politicians are put in charge of education policy. With the 2020 election around the corner, educators are sharing their stories and calling on all Americans to support candidates who will fight for students.

Cathy Boote
Retired Art Teacher
Michigan
Students deserve better than an unqualified Secretary of Education who undermines their public schools.
Cathy's Story
Danielle Harris
Fifth-Grade Teacher
West Virginia
To hear them saying, 'I'm smart,' and ‘I can do this’—it’s really powerful stuff.
Danielle's Story
April Burch
Office Paraprofessional
Virginia
We have to stop shorting students because of our financial deficits.
April's Story
Robin McNair
Restorative Practices Coordinator
Maryland
We must always remember that when a student acts out, there is an underlying issue that we should address. We have to get to the "why."
Robin's Story
Speak out on the issues that matter most in the upcoming election.
Rudy Dueñas
History Teacher
Los Angeles
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It seems that both educators and students are in survival mode.
Rudy's Story
Margaret Powell
Student Support Services
North Carolina
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It's our responsibility to make sure students have everything they need to be successful.
Margaret's Story
John Ross
Science Teacher
South Carolina
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In my 11th year of teaching, I had to get a part-time job.
John's Story

About This Project

We believe that opportunity begins with great public schools for every student. As the nation’s largest union, NEA created this series to highlight the issues that matter most to our members in the upcoming presidential election.

We know that opportunity for all requires a democracy that works for all, which is why we’re sharing personal stories from across the country; to demonstrate what’s at stake in this election for our students, our schools and our communities.

Support our efforts, contribute your story.