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NEA president to host first media briefing about 2020 presidential campaign

Educators from Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada to discuss efforts to engage members and candidates

WASHINGTON - April 30, 2019 -

As the 2020 presidential campaign kicks into gear, the National Education Association will host its first media briefing to discuss its member and candidate engagement efforts and how educators will be leading the effort to make students and public education a central issue in the presidential race. This briefing will have on-the-record comments by Lily Eskelsen García as well as by educators from four early primary and caucus states: Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. NEA’s political director Carrie Pugh also will participate.

Educators, parents and students from Arizona to California to West Virginia and beyond have united in a national #RedforEd movement to advocate for the schools their students deserve. NEA is building this momentum and politicians have taken notice. Presidential candidates are actively seeking to tap into that energy on the campaign trail, regularly touting support from educators while already putting forth pro-public education proposals in an effort to win over educators.

NEA members will have a powerful voice in deciding the next president. More than 3 million teachers and education support professionals are members of the National Education Association. That’s one out of every 100 Americans. NEA members live in every state, in every Congressional district, and in every ZIP code. NEA members are educated, involved, and dependable voters who consistently exercise their right to vote. In the 2018 campaign, educators also played an outsized role with NEA members engaging in record activism and more than 1,000 educators being elected to public office. Join this call to hear more about NEA’s large-scale, campaign to lift up the voice of educators across the country and engage our members in the 2020 election.

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Who: Lily Eskelsen Garcìa, president, National Education Association
  Mike Beranek, president of the Iowa State Education Association
  Megan Tuttle, president of NEA-New Hampshire
  Ruben Murillo, Jr., president of the Nevada State Education Association
  Carrie Pugh, National Education Association political director
What: Telephone briefing with reporters about role NEA and educators will play in the 2020 presidential campaign
When: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST, Thursday, May 2
Where: Via telephone. Please email to RSVP and to obtain call-in information.


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