Presidential election

Steady, informed, compassionate leadership has never been more important—our schools and our nation deserve nothing less. That’s why our national unions are proud to recommend Joe Biden for president.

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The AFT and NEA endorsements were announced following the most extensive, transparent and inclusive presidential endorsement processes in our national unions' histories:

As vice president, Biden was a “go to” person in the Obama administration, always willing to listen and to be helpful on such policy issues as the overemphasis on high-stakes standardized testing, which was ultimately mitigated in the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in 2015.

As president, a Biden administration would continue to put middle-class values front and center. He is with us on investing in public education; making healthcare and college more affordable; knowing that healthcare is a right, not a privilege; and rebuilding an economy that puts the needs of everyday people first. His agenda and proposals reflect these priorities, including:

  • Tripling funding for Title I, fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, investing in school infrastructure and expanding community schools.
  • Building on the Affordable Care Act and making healthcare more affordable by offering a public option and reducing prescription drug prices.
  • Offering free tuition to attend public colleges and universities for families making less than $125,000, and providing $10,000 per year of student debt relief for those working in public service.
  • Protecting the rights of workers to collectively bargain and making it easier for workers to join a union, including supporting the PRO Act and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act.
  • Ensuring the United States achieves a 100 percent clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.

As a public school educator, your voice deserves to be heard. Get involved!

Check out the 2020 election webistes of the AFT and NEA. You can compare 2020 presidential candidates, read  and watch Q&As, sign up for updates and learn more about the endorsement process.