Skip to Content

Educators agree to provide $6 million in new funds to improve student success

NEA’s Representative Assembly approves new grant program to empower educators to lead and shape education policy


ATLANTA - July 5, 2013—Delegates to the 2013 National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) today voted to raise funds to improve student success and strengthen education professions. A majority of nearly 9,000 delegates in attendance voted to increase annual membership dues by $3 per member to help improve student success. The increase is expected to generate more than $6 million in funds specifically to provide Great Public Schools Grants (GPS Grants) to NEA state and local affiliates.

The grants will support innovative projects and great ideas to boost student learning, such as successful implementation of Common Core Standards, school safety/anti-bullying programs training, and technology initiatives to improve classroom instruction and student learning.

In his keynote address to this year’s RA delegates, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel urged members to vote for the amendment and take responsibility for the success of their students.

“Our country has no shortage of people with ideas about how schools need to change. It seems that anyone can call themselves an ‘education reformer’—no experience necessary. If we are going to take charge of our own professions, we must move beyond the old debate that has been defined by others,” said Van Roekel. “It is time for us to transform public education by taking charge of our own profession.”

GPS Grants will be awarded using criteria from key elements of NEA’s new Raise Your Hand campaign, which will deliver concrete results, including:

  • Successful Students
  • Accomplished Professionals
  • Dynamic Collaboration
  • Empowered Leaders

With more than 3 million members working in schools and communities across the nation, NEA is a leading voice for student success and great public schools. The new GPS grants will help galvanize and organize NEA resources to support results-oriented actions that will help ensure opportunity, equity, and success for every public school student in America.

“This is an important moment in NEA’s history and I’m very proud to be a part of it. We’re committed to student success,” Van Roekel said. “Our new GPS Grants will enable us to join forces with our partners to raise up the good ideas of NEA members, our smart policies, and our successful programs and spread all of this to every corner of the country to benefit students and the future of public education in America.”

For more information on the Great Public Schools Fund, please click here.

Follow NEA on Twitter at

# # #

The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Sara Robertson, 202-822-7823,