Congressman Bob Good (VA-05) introduced the NEA Charter Repeal Act today to repeal the federal charter for the National Education Association (NEA). America’s largest teachers’ union is the only union with a Congressionally-backed charter.
“No union should have a federal charter, and certainly not an organization that failed a generation of children during COVID and is overtly pushing leftist propaganda on our students,” said Rep. Good. “By repealing the NEA’s charter, we would send a clear message that we are serious in our fight to protect and develop the young minds in America’s education systems. Our top priority is quality education that prepares students to be successful, the NEA’s is anything but that.”
The NEA was created by Congress in 1906 with the original mission to “elevate the character and advance the interests of the profession of teaching.” Instead, the organization has promoted a leftist agenda and put American students last. By promoting critical race theory, pro-abortion content, draconian COVID-19 measures, and sexually explicit gender ideology in classrooms, the NEA has strayed from prioritizing students and its federal charter should be revoked.
“The Institute for Educational Reform recognizes Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) as a champion for kids, families, and teachers with his bill to repeal the National Education Association (NEA) charter. Rep. Good sends a message that the country supports teachers, parents, and kids, not scandalous organizations looking out only for themselves and their political cronies. Government teacher unions steal the paychecks from hard working teachers, horde political power to benefit their own gain by resisting educational options for parents, want to keep sexually explicit books in school libraries, and advocate for teaching destructive gender ideology in our classrooms. The federal charter, meant to advance educational outcomes for parents and kids, has been twisted by the NEA to manipulate the political system for themselves. We endorse Rep. Good’s bill to advance our kids interests ahead of the radical NEA.” – Matt Buckham, Executive Director for Institute for Educational Reform
“We applaud Congressman Bob Good for introducing the NEA Charter Repeal Act. As we learned over the course of the pandemic, the teachers’ union leadership does not put the interests of parents and students first, which led to documented and catastrophic learning loss for millions of students. Their interest is political power and their federal charter should be repealed.” – John Schilling, Senior Advisor for Invest in Education Coalition
“The National Education Association is a partisan organization that focuses entirely on electing Democrats and pushing woke ideology in schools. The idea of serving teachers and students is a total afterthought to the NEA. There’s no reason Congress should continue to grant such an organization a federal charter and various tax exemptions. If the NEA wants to continue to be a political group, it should feel free to do that—without special benefits granted by the federal government.” – Terry Schilling, President of American Principles Project
“The National Education Association (NEA) has failed in the mission it originally put forth to prioritize high-quality children’s education. Instead, they have replaced this goal with an effort to consistently place the interests of progressive teacher unions over students’ learning. The National Education Association Charter Repeal Act not only takes the rightful step of revoking NEA’s Charter for such a grave misuse of resources, but it also seeks to disavow the organization’s woke indoctrination attempts.” – Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith, Director of the Center for Education Opportunity at the America First Policy Institute and Senior Advisor to America First Works
“A small group of teacher union bosses have the government-granted power to negotiate over the terms of employment for nearly the entire education sector, and it should come as no surprise that they’ve used that extraordinary power to promote their own political interests, not those of students and rank-and-file teachers. Congress should dismantle the teacher union monopoly, not sanction it by giving the NEA a federal charter. I applaud Congressman Good’s effort to revoke this union boss special privilege.” – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Committee
“The union bosses at the NEA stand in the way of giving parents the opportunity to choose the right education for their children. Taxpayers should not have to sanction their actions.” – Former Governor Scott Walker, President of Young America’s Foundation
This legislation is Congressman Good’s 25th bill introduced during the 118th Congress.
Cosponsors (8): Norman (R-SC), Wilson (R-SC), Jackson (R-TX), Rouzer (R-NC), Bishop (R-NC), Miller (R-IL), Biggs (R-AZ), Brecheen (R-OK)
Supporting Groups (9): Institute for Educational Reform, Invest in Education, American Principles Project, America First Policy Institute, America First Works, Heritage Action, National Right to Work, Young America’s Foundation, Club for Growth