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NEA's Legislative Program

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The following excerpts are from the National Education Association's July 2007 publication, Advancing NEA's Legislative Program.

NEA supports:
  • administrative structures to facilitate effective integration of guidance and counseling into the entire education experience
  • grants to expand and implement guidance and counseling programs
  • holding all private, nonpublic schools accountable under the same provisions of federal law as public schools
  • repeal of the so-called right-to-work provision of federal labor law
  • a national health care policy that will mandate universal coverage
  • a tax-supported, single-payer health care plan for all residents of the United States
  • coverage for full men's and women's reproductive health care
  • federal legislation designed to combat hate crimes
  • passage of a federal statute prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression
  • legislation that would prohibit religious organizations that accept federal funds from discriminating in hiring and delivery of services on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or HIV/AIDS status
  • the addition of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution
  • reproductive freedom without governmental intervention
  • the use of affirmative action to redress historical patterns of discrimination
  • statehood for the District of Columbia
  • a national holiday honoring César Chávez
  • comprehensive immigration reform that rejects the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and includes a path to permanent residency, citizenship, or asylum
  • ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEA opposes:
  • tuition tax credits for elementary or secondary schools
  • the use of vouchers or certificates in education
  • federally mandated parental option or "choice" in education programs
  • denying federal student aid funds to college students based on their immigration status or their enrollment in appropriate remedial courses
  • denying federal financial aid to college students who have been convicted of misdemeanor, nonviolent drug offenses
  • the use of draft registration as an eligibility criterion for financial assistance
  • erosion of the role of the U.S. Department of Education or undermining the appropriate federal role in public education
  • the testing of teachers as a criterion for job retention, promotion, tenure, or salary increments
  • privatization of Social Security
  • federal legislation that denies children's access to public education or health care based on their citizen/documentation status
  • any legislation or constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of the United States
  • the utilization of voter ID cards for the privilege of voting in local, state, and national elections
  • any constitutional amendment imposing limitations on taxes or the federal budget

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