Commonwealth Policy Center

Critics of the NEA have argued the nation’s largest teachers’ union has lost its focus. The group started in the 1857 to advocate for better public education, but today, it has veered from its primary objective. The NEA Representative Assembly met earlier this summer and approved a measure to support Roe v Wade and a woman’s “fundamental right to abortion.” They also voted on a measure to support a nationwide strike to support the Green New Deal, which failed. Another proposal said the “National Education Association will re-dedicate itself to the pursuit of increased student learning in every public school in America by putting a renewed emphasis on quality education. NEA will make student learning the priority of the Association.” While support for abortion rights passed, the NEA couldn’t muster enough votes to reassert its core mission of quality education for our kids.