- Equal Opportunity ~ public education is the gate way to opportunity. All students have human/civil rights to a quality education that develops the their potential, independence, and character.
- Democracy ~ public education provides skills to be involved, informed and engaged in the US's representative democracy
- Just Society ~ public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity and equality of every individual in our diverse society.
- Partnership ~ with parents/families/communities/other stakeholder it is important to provide quality public education and student success
- Professionalism ~ we expect status, compensation and respect gained by any other working professional.
- Collective Action ~ individuals are strengthened when they work for a common good. We improve professional status and quality of public education when we unite and collectively advocate.
No Child Left Behind ~ Currently The NEA is meeting with members of Congress to bring to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to their attention. NCLB, a plan originally established by Lyndon B. Johnson and know as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is up for reauthorization by Congress. NCLB holds high standards and accountability for the learning of all children but has a test-and-punish approach that the NEA feels does not move us closer to our goals for education. NEA has developed new guidelines for the changing the law which they feel will better convey improvements to education and lessen achievement gaps. Lobbyists speak with the Representatives and Senators of Congress on a regular basis.
Jobs for Main Street Act ~ Most recently the NEA was successful in having the House of Representatives pass the Jobs for Main Street Act. This act includes Education Job Fund that should help states to keep and create approximately 250,000 jobs for the next two years and also fund school construction, renovation and modernization.
Consolidation Appropriations Bill ~ The NEA was excited to know that this bill was passed by Congress. It provides funding for the fiscal year 2010 for a numerous amount of programs including education. $1.5 billion will be spent on assistance needed success for over 20 million disadvantaged students (in approximately 55,000 schools). The bill will also provide $11.5 billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The bill will support many other educational entities such as Pell Grants, funding for English Language Learner Grants and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
Political Activity: NEA has a rather rowdy reputation. They can often be found around Congress lobbying for or against certain acts and/or bills. The organization has however frequently challenged any hint of education reform they disagree with unprecedented tactics. For example in 2008 the NEA-affiliated California Teacher Association was said to have used tactics such as blocking potential signators' access to petitions and allegedly sabotaging a petition with fake names. Not all NEA members act so aggressively but they are know to participate in small protests and other non violent political activities such as campaigning
Common Supporters/Voters: Teacher are the number one form of supporters for the NEA. Support can also be found in School Board Affiliates and other public school staff member, as well as parents of public school attendees.
Known Supporters: Two big industries that support NEA are Target and 21st Century Fox. Both of which have help; Target through donations such as school supplies and both with funding
PAC's for NEA:
PEA PAC (Parents Education Association Political Action Committee) ~ the PEA PAC's mission is to address a wide variety of public policy issues through a biblical perspective, to help Christians in the application of the scriptures to politics in Oregon and developing a thoroughly Christian View world wide.
NFA (Nevada Faculty Alliance) ~ The NFA created a pac in order to interview/endorse candidates supportive of highering education in Nevada.
AEA Fund For Public Education (AZ PAC) ~ The goal of AZ PAC is to fulfill the promise of a democratic society by promoting the cause of quality public education, advancing the education profession, expanding the rights and furthering the interests of education employees, and advocating human, civil, and economic rights for all.
- Guarantees each child a free, equal, quality public education
- recognizes that public school employees are central to education excellence
- supports community commitment to learning
- Assures fairness, equality and respect